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Veterans Housing and Homelessness Prevention (VHHP) Program

Round 3 VHHP

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General Policy Documentation and Information

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** Please note – The VHHP Program does not provide funding directly to individuals. If you are an veteran in need of assistance please contact the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’ Nation Call Center for Homeless Veterans Hotline at 1-877-4AID VET (1-877-424-3838) or the California Department of Veterans Affairs website at


Acquisition, construction, rehabilitation and preservation of affordable multifamily housing for veterans and their families to allow veterans to access and maintain housing stability


California is home to nearly 1.8 million veterans, the largest veteran population in the nation. Nearly 15,000 California veterans experience homelessness on a given night, representing nearly 26 percent of the nation’s homeless veterans. Homeless veterans are overrepresented in the homeless population, and veteran status is associated with a higher risk of homelessness. Of California’s extremely low-income veteran renter households, 79 percent have a severe cost burden, spending more than 50 percent of their income on housing.

In 2008, California voters approved Proposition 12, the Veteran’s Bond Act of 2008, authorizing $900,000,000 in general obligation bonds intended to help veterans purchase single family homes, farms and mobile homes through the CalVet Home Loan Program. As a result of the nation’s economic crisis and the State’s housing downturn, coupled with the changing demographics of our veterans, the CalVet Home Loan Program has not experienced the demand that was originally projected before the downturn.

In 2013, AB 639 (Chapter 727, Statutes of 2013, Pérez) restructured the Veteran’s Bond Act of 2008 authorizing $600 million in existing bond authority to fund multifamily housing for Veterans. With the approval of Proposition 41 by California voters on June 3, 2014; HCD, in collaboration with CalHFA and CalVet, is in the process of designing, developing, and administering a veteran multifamily housing program pursuant to AB 639 (Chapter 727, Statutes of 2013, Pérez).


Funds must be used to serve veterans and their families.

“Veteran” means any person who served in the active military, naval or air service of the United States or as a member of the National guard who was called to and released from active duty or active services for a period of not less than 90 consecutive days or was discharged from service due to a service related disability. This includes veterans with other-than-honorable discharges.

At least 50 percent of the funds awarded shall serve veteran households with extremely low-incomes. Of those units targeted to extremely low-income veteran housing, 60 percent shall be supportive housing units.


Approximately $75 million is being made available under the October 2015 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). Approximately $400 million will be offered in subsequent years.


Application due date December 14, 2015
Anticipated Award date March 15, 2016

Note: Due to high demand, awards are being processed in phases. March 15, 2016 is the estimated date for final announcement of all Round 2 awards.

Application Workshops

See NOFA for registration procedure, time and place

Oakland 10/28/15
Riverside 10/30/15
San Diego 11/2/15
Los Angeles 11/3/15
Webinar – (Microsoft Word) 11/10/15


VHHP Program email address: For additional information, please contact 916-263-2771 for questions/comments.


Research and Reports

Veteran-Related Websites