Veterans Housing and Homelessness Prevention Program (VHHP)

New! Veterans Housing and Homelessness Prevention (VHHP) Round 4 Proposed Guidelines - March 9, 2018 (PDF)
New! Summary of Proposed Changes to Round 4 VHHP Guidelines - March 9, 2018 (PDF)
New! Presentation of Summary of Proposed Changes - Round 4 VHHP Guidelines Workshop March 21, 2018 (YouTube Video)

 

Contact

916-263-2707

Purpose

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

VHHP Program Progress

Background Information 

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 million in general obligation bonds intended to help veterans purchase single family homes, farms, and mobilehomes through the California Department of Veterans Affairs (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, the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), in collaboration with the California Housing Finance Agency (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).

Background Information and Program Publications

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Population Targeting

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 fewer 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.

** Please note – The VHHP Program does not provide funding directly to individuals.  If you are a 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 .

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Funds Available

Annually, approximately $75 million in VHHP funding is made available through the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). HCD anticipates awarding approximately $300 million in subsequent years funding rounds. For more information, check previous NOFAs and Awards.

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Help Shape the Veterans Housing and Homelessness Prevention (VHHP) Program

HCD is seeking public input on the design of the Round 4 Proposed Guidelines for the Veterans Housing and Homelessness Prevention (VHHP) Program. The public comment period will begin on March 9, 2018 and end on April 9, 2018.

New! Veterans Housing and Homelessness Prevention (VHHP) Round 4 Proposed Guidelines (PDF)

New! Summary of Proposed Changes to Round 4 VHHP Guidelines (PDF) – March 9, 2018 (PDF)

Help Shape the Program: Provide Your Input

Written comments on the Round 4 Proposed Guidelines will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Monday April 9, 2018. Please submit all comments to hcdvets@hcd.ca.gov.

Teleconference and Regional Workshop

HCD is hosting the following workshops to present program changes to the VHHP program guidelines. Learn more.


Workshop Locations, Dates and Times

Location:
Los Angeles

Ronald Reagan State Building Auditorium
300 Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA. 90013

Date and Time:
March 20, 2018: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Please make sure to register for this event.
Location:
Sacramento and Satellite Locations via Video-Teleconference

California Department of Veterans Affairs
1227 O Street
Sacramento, CA. 95814

Date and Time:
March 21, 2018: 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Please register to attend in person or to sign up for the video-teleconference.

Contact Information

For further information email HCD at HCDVets@hcd.ca.gov or contact Monique Pierre at 916-263-2707

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