Shortly after Veterans Day, Aurora City Housing Authority (AHA) received 20 HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers worth $ 108,701 from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The program combines HUD vouchers and Housing Case Management with VA support services to help homeless veterans and their families find and maintain permanent housing.
AHA now manages 137 HUD-VASH coupons. For the past 10 years, AHA has successfully partnered with VA Medical Centers (VAMC) to manage the HUD-VASH voucher program. According to the VA, HUD-VASH counts the largest number and largest percentage of veterans on their homeless continuum programs.
Program eligibility is first determined by the VA, which then transfers the applicants to the AHA. The VASH voucher program is managed in the same way as the Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV) program. HUD provides rental assistance for renting residential units from private landlords. Private landlords are urged to take advantage of the consistency of payments and accountability of the powerful housing authority and offer their units to veterans in need.
“Housing homeless veterans is our priority,” said Craig A. Maraschky, Executive Director at AHA. “Veterans in this program receive case management services from both the VA and the AHA. However, the success of this program depends on the landlords renting out their units to veterinarians. Together we can help homeless veterans secure stable and permanent housing. “