HUD-VA Supportive Housing (VASH) - Orlando VA Healthcare System
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Orlando VA Healthcare System

 

HUD-VA Supportive Housing (VASH)

The Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Veterans Affairs Supported Housing (HUD-VASH) Program was born to help homeless Veteran families. HUD-VASH provides case management and community support services to keep Veteran families in permanent safe and decent housing in the community. Eligible Veterans accepted into this program will have a Section 8 “Housing Choice” voucher from the local Public Housing Authority and case management from the VA to include various services.  These services may include recovery support for physical health, mental health and substance use.  HUD-VASH social workers also assist Veterans develop new traits such as social and vocational skills, credit repair techniques, and access to community resources


 

Who is eligible?

  • Veterans eligible for VA healthcare
  • Homeless Veterans **
  • Veterans needing case management services
  • Veterans wanting to participate in a recovery program

 

How does HUD-VASH work?

  • Referral to the program
  • Screening for eligibility

 

If accepted into the program:

  • Enter case management
  • Assessment
  • Design case management and housing service plan
  • Referral to PHA
  • Obtain voucher
  • Look for housing
  • PHA Inspection of unit
  • Sign lease
  • Move in
  • Continue case management and treatment
  • Independence

 

Case Management and Housing Service Plan

Some items on the Case Management and Housing Service Plan could include (but should be YOUR goals):

  • Going to Mental Health appointments
  • Taking your medications as prescribed
  • Finding substance use recovery support
  • Vocational Rebabilitation
  • Money Management
  • Getting to know your neighbors
  • Finding ways to exercise
  • Shopping on a budget
  • Finding low or no cost things to do in your community

 

**McKinney Act definition of Homelessness summary

  • Lacks fixed, regular nighttime residence
  • Living in Homeless shelter
  • Living in Transitional Housing
  • Temporary residence in Institution
  • Place not designed for regular sleeping accomodation (i.e. outside)