Program Description

The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) administers this program, established by Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which serves homeless veterans with disabilities and/or severe psychiatric and/or substance abuse disorders.

DHCD's Division of Public Housing and Rental Assistance, which administers this program, has the responsibility for regulatory and administrative oversight of all state and federally-aided rental assistance programs which address the needs of low-income families, elderly and persons with disabilities.

How it works:

The program combines an allocation of Section 8/HCVP rental vouchers from HUD with ongoing case management and clinical services provided by Veterans Administration Supportive Housing (VASH). Services include: housing search assistance; community-based management services; outpatient health services; hospitalization; and other services on a regular basis. Not all applicants may receive services.

Who is eligible:

Homeless disabled veterans who are Section 8/ HCVP eligible.

Application process:

Admission is by referral only from the Massachusetts Department of Veterans' Services, the VA Medical Centers, and the Department of Veteran's Services provider agencies.

Grants:

Up to 92 VASH subsidies are distributed by DHCD throughout the Commonwealth.

For further information:

Please contact the Bureau of Federal Rental Assistance at (617) 573-1150.