HUD- Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) is a collaborative program between HUD and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The program combines Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance for homeless Veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. VA case managers may connect these Veterans with support services such as health care, mental health treatment and substance use counseling to help them in their recovery process and with their ability to maintain housing in the community. Veterans must comply with a case management program through the VA in order to continue receiving assistance. The VASH program is administered in accordance with the regular HCV requirements.
The VASH program was established in 1992 and is a key component to reducing homelessness among veterans and their immediate families. The program utilizes a housing first approach. Housing first approach allows for rapid access to housing due to low barriers for acceptance into the program.
Housing Choice Vouchers are awarded by HUD based on community needs and Public Housing Authority (PHA) performance. The Housing Authority of Travis County (HATC) was awarded 15 VASH vouchers in 2016 and subsequently received 15 additional housing choice vouchers for utilization in 2020. VASH participants are selected by the local VA clinic through the Coordinated Assessment system and referred to HATC for final eligibility screening and enrollment.
If you are a veteran and are experiencing homelessness, contact your local VA clinic to inquire about permanent housing or complete a coordinated assessment by visiting Goodwill of Central Texas at 1015 Norwood Park Blvd Austin, Texas 78753 or The Southwest Health and Wellness Clinic at 2901 Montopolis Drive Austin, Texas 78741.