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vash - who is eligible?

Homeless Veterans who are eligible for VA Health Care Services and who have a need for case management services in order to obtain and sustain independent community housing would be candidates for this program. This program was designed to address the needs of the most vulnerable homeless veterans. Veterans must meet the McKinney Definition of homelessness to be eligible for the program. The McKinney Definition is as follows:
     
      (1)  An individual who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, or

      (2)  An individual who has a primary nighttime residence that is:

       (a)  A supervised publicly or privately-operated shelter designed to provide temporary living accommodations, including welfare hotels, congregate shelters, and transitional housing for the mentally ill;

      (b)  An institution that provides a temporary residence for individuals intended to be institutionalized; or

      (c)  A public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.

Eligible candidates for the program must are expected to participate in case management and utilize the supportive services, treatment recommendations and assistance that is needed to successfully maintain recovery and sustain housing in the community.

Once the Veteran is accepted by the VA HUD-VASH case manager, they must complete paperwork for the Public Housing Authority (PHA) and follow the PHA’s process. This will include eligibility based on income level. Any member of the household with a Lifetime Sexual Offender Registry status is not eligible to participate in this housing.

This program provides permanent housing for eligible homeless Veterans who are single or eligible homeless Veterans with families. The program is developed for the homeless Veteran, so eligible Veteran families must include the Veteran. This program includes veterans with medical, mental health and/or substance use disorders. Eligible veterans must be able to complete activities of daily living and live independently in the community.