Who is Eligible for HUD-VASH?
The HUD-VASH program is intended for veterans who:
- are eligible for VA health care services;
- are chronically homeless, meaning homeless for a year or more or four or more times in the past three years;
- have a history of medical, mental health, and/or substance abuse problems that are now stabilized;
- are ready for independent housing in the community but need ongoing case management services to maintain it;
- have some type of income to pay for their housing;
- are motivated to improve the quality of their lives by working with a VA case manager and actively participating in treatment for their conditions.
Veterans with a history of sexual offense(s) of any type are not eligible for the program because they will not be able to obtain a Section 8 voucher.
How Are Veterans Admitted to HUD-VASH?
Veterans who are interested in the HUD-VASH program should first contact their local Veterans Affairs Center.
The contact person at the
Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center is
Rose Williamson, LCSW
(631) 261-4400 x7565
A clinician will complete the
referral paperwork and send it to the HUD-VASH Admission
Team for review. The Admission Team will assess the
veteran’s eligibility and need for ongoing case
If the veteran is admitted to the program, a case manager will be assigned to begin working with the veteran on a treatment plan and connection to services. The veteran will also be assisted in obtaining a Section 8 housing voucher and in locating appropriate housing in the community.
Once housed, veterans can expect to have regular ongoing home visits from their VA case manager. The purpose of these visits is to help veterans maintain their housing by addressing problems as they occur.
There is no time limit for being in the HUD-VASH program. However, veterans who refuse VA case management may lose their Section 8 voucher from HUD.
For more information, contact Rick Cash