After years of living on base or being deployed overseas, it can take some time for veterans to adjust to civilian life. Unfortunately, this process doesn’t always go smoothly. Though veterans only represent 5% of the U.S. population, they make up about 12% of the homeless population, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). If you’re a veteran who’s struggled to find consistent work or housing, there are several programs that can help you secure an apartment.
HUD and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) work together on the HUD-VA Supportive Housing program (HUD-VASH). Eligible veterans and their families can receive rental assistance vouchers from HUD to help cover the cost of renting a place to live. In 2020 alone, HUD-VASH helped almost 80,000 formerly homeless veterans secure permanent housing.
Supportive Service for Veteran Families (SSVF)
SSVF is managed by various non-profits and other organizations that receive funds from the VA. This money is then distributed to veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Along with financial assistance, these organizations strive to help the veterans who receive SSVF benefits find employment. This program is meant to help in the short term. At a maximum, veterans can only participate in SSVF funding for 12 months over a two-year period.
Enhanced-Use Lease (EUL)
There are often unoccupied rooms and real estate on VA campuses. To make the most of this property, the VA allows companies to lease unused living space to homeless veterans. Along with housing, eligible veterans can also take advantage of job training seminars, easy access to healthcare, and grooming services.
How to Qualify
To receive benefits, you’ll have to apply to a program and speak with a case manager as they review your application. Here’s an overview of the general requirements for each program.
– HUD-VASH: Applicants must be veterans who are eligible for VA healthcare and meet HUD’s definition of homeless.
– SSVF: You must be a veteran whose household annual income is 50% below the area’s median income and either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
– EUL: Similar to HUD-VASH, VA healthcare eligible veterans who are homeless should qualify for benefits.
After your years of service in the military, you deserve some help getting back on your feet. At Beachside Apartments, we have numerous veteran housing options and are happy to work with veterans who are receiving assistance from HUD and the VA. Contact a leasing agent today or take a virtual tour of our units.