Rent to a veteran today! There are subsidies to rent to veterans in Santa Clara County through the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) voucher program or the Supportive Services to Veterans and their Families (SSVF) program.
Any questions about renting to veterans? Contact Maya Esparza at (408) 513-8724.
Questions or need help filling out paperwork? Contact Trang Van at (408) 961-9823 or at TrangV@HealthTrust.org
Benefits of participating
Initial unit bonus up to $1,500
Old unit with new tenant
Re-renting vacancy gap:
up to $1,000 or
one-half’s month rent
Rental Guarantee Fund:
Potential assistance with
additional housing costs
Control of tenant selection:
Landlords can screen and
select their tenants
Supportive Services For Veteran Families (SSVF) helps individual veterans and veterans in families, who are currently homeless or at risk of losing their homes, secure and maintain housing. It provides temporary assistance and services to help veterans gain housing stability and promote self-sufficiency.
What services are available?
- Case Management
- Assistance obtaining VA benefits
- Assistance obtaining other public benefits
- Temporary financial assistance
- Veteran may be a single individual, or part of a family, in which he/she is the head of household
- The veteran’s discharge status must be under conditions other than dishonorable
- Very low-income, making less than 50% of the area median income (AMI)
- Veteran/household must be homeless or at risk of losing their housing.
How do I rent to a veteran in SSVF?
Who are the local nonprofits housing veterans through SSVF?
The HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and local public housing authorities. Under the HUD-VASH program eligible low-income veterans receive a Section 8 rental voucher alongside case management and supportive services from the VA at VA medical centers (VAMCs) and community-based outreach clinics.
How does participating in the HUD-VASH Program benefit me?
- Up to $1,500 Gratuity Payment for every unit with a one-year lease signed by a homeless veteran.
- Continuity Bonus payment for every old unit previously rented to a veteran rented to a new veteran tenant.
- Re-renting vacancy gap payment up to $1,000 or one-half month’s rent.
- Access to a Rental Guarantee Fund of up to $3,000 per year for landlords, who house veterans, to cover potential damage to the apartment, as well as assist with the payment of rental arrears, as needed.
Who are my prospective tenants?
Individuals veterans and adult veteran families who:
- Meet the federal definition of homelessness
- Were discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable
- Are eligible for VA health care
- And are receiving on-going case management services from their local VA medical center (VAMC)
How long does the program last?
- All tenants with Housing Choice Vouchers, including HUD-VASH, must be annually recertified to ensure that they continue to meet income eligibility requirements. Voucher holders maintain their voucher as long as they remain income eligible, receive ongoing case management from the local VAMC and do not violate HUD-VASH restrictions.
- Tenants typically enter into an initial lease for 12 months.
- Tenants contribute approximately 30%-40% of their gross monthly income toward their rent.
- Most HUD-VASH veterans have vouchers that are tenant based and portable so the tenant retains their HUD-VASH assistance even if they move out of the building.
What is the amount of the rental payments I will receive?
(Effective February 1, 2016)
|SRO (Single Room Occupancy)||$1,323|
|Mobile Home Space Rent||$1,044|
I am interested in offering an apartment to the HUD-VASH Program. What are the next steps?
You can contact a VA HUD-VASH housing specialist via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org OR
You can contact email@example.com OR
You can contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- When you have selected a tenant, you must complete a landlord packet and submit the landlord packet. If you need help filling out the landlord packet, please contact email@example.com or at (408) 961-9823. Once a complete packet has been submitted and approved HACSC will reach out to schedule an inspection. All apartments rented under the HUD-VASH programs must pass inspection using Section 8 Housing Quality Standards (HQS). If you do not pass the initial inspection you must reach out to HACSC to reschedule an inspection.
- After the unit has passed inspection you must provide HACSC with a copy of your proposed lease and RFTA for approval.
- After the unit has passed inspection you must provide HPD with a copy of your proposed lease and RFTA for approval.
- Once the lease and RFTA are approved HPD will reach out to execute a Housing Assistance Payment Contract (HAP) which details the responsibilities of both parties.
- After you and the tenant sign and return the HAP contract with an executed lease with matching dates, HACSC will send you a Rent Breakdown letter that lists the rent for the unit and amount that will be paid by the tenant and by HACSC.
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