Veterans Housing and Homelessness Prevention (VHHP) Program
Round 2 VHHP
- Round 2 NOFA 10/13/15 – (Adobe PDF)
- Round 2 Guidelines Adopted 10/13/15 – (Adobe PDF)
- Round 2 Guidelines, showing changes from Round 1 – (Adobe PDF)
- Round 2 Application Workshops – see Round 2 Implementation Schedule, below
- Universal Application – (Microsoft Excel)
- VHHP Application Attachment – (Microsoft Excel)
- VHHP Workshop PowerPoint – (Microsoft PowerPoint)
- Income, Rent and Loan Limits
- VHHP Overview - (Adobe PDF)
Round 1 VHHP
- Guidelines Adopted 2/2015 – (Adobe PDF)
- 2015 NOFA – (Adobe PDF)
- 2015 NOFA (amendment 3/3/15) – (Adobe PDF)
- VHHP 1st Round Award List – (Adobe PDF)
- Guidelines Adopted 2/2015 showing changes from 11/2014 Draft
- VHHP 1st Round Outcomes - (Adobe PDF)
General Policy Documentation and Information
- DVBE Requirements Guide - (Adobe PDF)
- Program Framework - (Adobe PDF)
- Response to Comments on Draft Guidelines
** 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 www.calvet.ca.gov.
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.
ROUND 2 IMPLEMENTATION SCHEDULE
|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.
See NOFA for registration procedure, time and place
|Webinar – (Microsoft Word)||11/10/15|
VHHP Program email address: email@example.com. For additional information, please contact 916-263-2771 for questions/comments.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION AND PROGRAM PUBLICATIONS
- Summary of AB 639 (Chapter 727, Statutes 2013, Pérez) - (Adobe PDF)
- Joint Legislative Hearing – Housing & Community Development and Veterans Affairs; May 7, 2014
- AB 639/Proposition 41 Housing California Conference Panel Presentation; April 16, 2014 - (Adobe PDF)
Research and Reports
- Housing Instability Among our Nation’s Veterans, National Low-Income Housing Coalition, November 2013.
- Veterans and Homelessness, Congressional Research Service, November 2013. – (Adobe PDF)
- Report to Congress on Homeless Veterans, United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, December 2012.
- Veterans Permanent Supportive Housing Policy and Practice, National Housing Conference and Center for Housing Policy, May 2013.
- Overview of veterans in California, California Research Bureau, March 2013.
- Annual Homeless Report to Congress, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, 2013.
- Veteran Homelessness: A Supplemental Report to the 2010 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress, US Department of Housing and Urban Development and US Department of Veterans Affairs.