$40 Million in HUD-VASH Available to Support Approximately 5,000 New Vouchers
Notice PIH 2019-15 (HA) announces the availability of $40 million in HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) that will support approximately 5,000 new vouchers. These vouchers are administered in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and enable homeless veterans and their families to access affordable housing and supportive services. The HUD-VASH program combines HUD Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance for homeless veterans with case management and clinical services provided by local VA Medical Centers (VAMCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), or other entities as designated by the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. The VA medical facility refers all eligible HUD-VASH families to the partnering Public Housing Agency (PHA). Registrations of Interest must be submitted electronically to VASH_ROI@hud.gov no later than midnight in the time zone of the PHA on August 19, 2019. See Section 7 of the notice for all Registration of Interest Requirements.
Foster Youth to Independence (FYI)
HUD announced Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) in Notice PIH 2019-20 (HA). FYI is a new initiative targeting housing assistance and supportive services to young people with a child welfare history who are at-risk-of or experiencing homelessness. The Voices of Youth Count, a national survey of unaccompanied youth ages 13-25 who have experienced homelessness, found that nearly one third of the youth had some level of involvement with the child welfare system in their lives. The stark reality is that youth all over the country, in both rural and urban areas, who have a child welfare history are struggling to find safe, affordable housing, leading to experiences of homelessness and housing instability.
FYI offers a new opportunity for local public housing authorities (PHAs) that do not participate in HUD’s Family Unification Program (FUP) to request Tenant Protection Vouchers (TPV), a tenant-based housing voucher, for eligible young people ages 18-24. The housing assistance will be available to youth for up to 36 months, and through partnerships with the local public child welfare agency (PCWA), youth will have access to supportive services to help them remain stably housed and reach successful independence. FYI is an important new strategy aimed at helping communities reach the federal goal of preventing and ending youth homelessness outlined in Home Together: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. FYI and the partnership of local PHAs, PCWAs, and Continuums of Care (CoC), will assist communities in ensuring that every young person who has had experience with the child welfare system has access to safe, affordable housing where they are supported to reach self-sufficiency by working toward their education and employment goals. More information on FYI is available on the Tenant Protection Vouchers for FYI Initiative page.
Please join HUD and the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) to learn more about the new opportunity FYI can bring to your community. The webinar will cover:
FYI eligibility for PHAs and for young people
Details on how to request vouchers under the new initiative
Tips on partnering with your local PCWA and CoC
Strategies for targeting Foster Youth to Independence Tenant Protection Vouchers (FYI-TPV)
Webinar date and time will be announced soon!
Specialized Housing and Services for Victims of Human Trafficking NOFA
On July 2, 2019, HUD released the Specialized Housing and Services for Victims of Human Trafficking Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) to grants.gov. Through the funds available under this NOFA, HUD’s Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office for Victims of Crimes (OVC) are promoting collaboration between Continuums of Care (CoCs) funded by HUD and organizations funded by DOJ to address the housing and service needs of victims of human trafficking. This NOFA promotes trauma-informed, victim-centered services, including in tribal areas. Organizations awarded funds through this NOFA are expected to work with other organizations within the CoC’s geographic area to train service providers on how to identify victims of human trafficking and connect these victims to appropriate housing. SNAPS and OVC plan to identify best practices for addressing this population that may assist in framing future funding opportunities for victims of human trafficking. https://www.hudexchange.info/news/specialized-housing-and-services-for-victims-of-human-trafficking-nofa-fr-6300-n-45/
Program Application: SNAPS, in conjunction with OVC, announces the availability of up to $13,500,000 for grants to eligible organizations to implement and provide housing and trauma-informed, victim-centered services to victims of human trafficking. HUD expects to select 20 applications for the program funds. Program Application Due Date: October 30, 2019 by 11:59:59 PM EDT The NOFA, applications, required forms, and contact information for questions related to this NOFA and application are available through www.grants.gov. Submission of applications for this demonstration program will also be via www.grants.gov and applicants are strongly advised to carefully read the criteria for application submission paying attention to the requirements and submission due date and time.
HUD will post a pre-recorded webinar on the NOFA within the next two weeks. The webinar will be posted to the Mainstream Voucher Program webpage and will be announced via the Mainstream Vouchers listserv. Applications are due September 5, 2019 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time and must be submitted through Grants.gov. To find the NOFA on Grants.gov, search by the CFDA number: 14.879.
State of Wisconsin Grants
WHEDA Dividends Grant
The $500,000 will be distributed directly from WHEDA to selected grant recipients. Individual contracts will be executed between WHEDA and the grant recipients. Project Eligibility
Eligible uses of funds include new construction, building acquisition, rehabilitation, handicapped accessibility improvements, conversion of or additions to buildings, site acquisition and other development activities. Grant applicants should demonstrate how the use of these funds will enable proposed projects and programs to support the provision of housing to residents who are homeless or recently homeless.