Tribal HUD-VA Supportive Housing Program

The Tribal HUD-VASH program provides rental assistance and supportive services to Native American veterans who are Homeless or At Risk of Homelessness living on or near a reservation or other Indian areas.




Related Programs14.867 Indian Housing Block Grants

Agency - Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Department of Housing and Urban Development's mission is to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination. HUD fulfills this mission through high ethical standards, management and accountability, and by forming partnerships with community organizations.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: 26 tribes/TDHEs have been awarded Tribal HUD-VASH grants under the demonstration program. Fiscal Year 2018: As of January 2018, 299 Native veterans are receiving case management services from the VA, and 234 of those veterans are currently housed. The remaining 61 Native veterans in case management with the VA are in the pipeline to be housed within the program. The program has produced tangible results, housing Native veterans and their families who were living in severely overcrowded and inadequate living conditions. For example, the program has housed Native veterans who were living in places without proper water, heat, and electricity. Housing Native veterans has also helped address medical or mental health needs so they can maintain employment and their homes. Fiscal Year 2019: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

The Tribal HUD-VASH program is designed to ensure the effective delivery of housing assistance and supportive services to Native American veterans who are Homeless or At Risk of Homelessness.

Housing assistance under this program is made available by grants to tribes and tribally designated housing entities (TDHEs) that are eligible to receive Indian Housing Block Grant funding under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA).

Tribes request Tenant-Based and/or Project-Based Rental Assistance by the number of bedrooms in a rental unit.

Under Tribal HUD-VASH, Indian tribes and TDHEs participating must partner with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide healthcare assistance and case management services to eligible Native American veterans.

Grants are awarded based on the number rental units (Tenant-Based and Project-Based Rental Assistance) approved by HUD.

Grants include an additional amount for administrative costs and is awarded based on 12 months of funding.

A tribe/TDHE may also sub-grant to another entity with sufficient capacity, if there are other tribes in the area with eligible veterans who could be served by the same case manager.

Participating tribes/TDHEs draw down funds on a monthly basis to cover rental assistance payments.

An eligible tribe/TDHE may not provide rental assistance under this program unless it receives a referral from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the referred Native American veteran meets the specific eligibility criteria for housing assistance determined by HUD.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Housing assistance under this program is made available by grants to tribes and tribally designated housing entities (TDHEs) that are eligible to receive Indian Housing Block Grant funding under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA).

Beneficiary Eligibility

Beneficiaries of the Tribal HUD-VASH program are Native American veterans who are Homeless or At Risk of Homelessness. The tribe/TDHE must accept all VA referrals of Native American veterans and their families from its VA partner and screen for the following eligibility requirements: a. A determination that the veteran is ?Indian? as defined in section 4(10) of NAHASDA. b. A determination that the Native American veteran is income-eligible. To be eligible, a veteran household?s annual income must be no more than 80 percent of the greater of the median income for the Indian area, or the median income for the United States as prescribed by Section 4(15) of NAHASDA. c. A determination that the veteran is not registered as a lifetime sex offender. As part of the eligibility screening process, a tribe/TDHE must perform a background check to see if the referred veteran or any household member is subject to a lifetime sex offender registration requirement in the State where the housing is located and in other States where the household members are known to have resided.

Credentials/Documentation

All tribes must include a tribal resolution for the Tribal HUD-VASH program with the application package. If an application is submitted by a TDHE on behalf of an Indian tribe(s), a tribal resolution(s) must be submitted authorizing the TDHE to submit the application under this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Under the demonstration program, eligible tribes/TDHEs were invited in each HUD (Office of Native American Programs) regional office to apply for Tribal HUD-VASH shortly after publication of 80 FR 63822. Future application procedures will be issued by HUD, subject to the availability of funds.

Award Procedures

HUD will review each application and will respond to each application within 30-60 days of receipt or in accordance with the requirements outlined in future notices issued by HUD. Upon HUD?s approval of the application, a Tribal HUD-VASH grant will be awarded to a tribe/TDHE. HUD will issue a grant agreement to be signed by the tribe/TDHE, and will disburse funds through the HUD Line of Credit Control System (LOCCS) system.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, Public Law 113-235; Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017, Public Law 115-31.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

From 30 to 60 days. Renewal funding under the Tribal HUD-VASH program is subject to the availability of future appropriations. If appropriated, the process by which existing Tribal HUD-VASH recipients may seek renewal funding will be published in a Public and Indian Housing (PIH) Notice. Any criteria required under the applicable appropriation will be included in the PIH Notice. Renewal funding is subject to the requirements laid out in this notice. If funding is not available, then tribes/TDHEs should use their best efforts to allocate IHBG funds to support Homeless or At Risk of Homelessness Native American veterans and their families that are currently being assisted through Tribal HUD-VASH program.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grant funding is awarded based on 12 months of funding with final project lengths negotiated with HUD's approval. Participating tribes/TDHEs draw down funds from the HUD Line of Credit Control System (LOCCS) on a monthly basis to cover rental assistance payments. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Grant funds received under this program must be reported annually in a tribe/TDHE?s Indian Housing Plan and Annual Performance Report.

Information on grant funds and program income received under this program must be reported quarterly on the Federal Financial Report (SF-425).

As required by Congress, tribes/TDHEs must submit demographic and financial information generated by the Tribal HUD VASH program.

Tribes and TDHEs must collect and retain relevant demographic and rental information in accordance with Program Guidance 2016-05 (Record Keeping at Initial Occupancy).

This information is also required to be reported through an electronic reporting system as prescribed by HUD.

The electronic reporting system is not functioning yet.

However, tribes/TDHEs should maintain paper/file copies of the required information as veterans are referred by VA and as veterans lease up units with the Tribal HUD-VASH assistance, so that the tribe/TDHE can submit the information once the electronic reporting system is functioning.

Tribes/TDHEs will be required to transmit data from this form electronically on a monthly, quarterly, or annual basis via a method provided by HUD.

HUD encourages tribes to make effective use of evidence in identifying or selecting the practices and strategies for implementing HUD VASH.

All tribes and TDHEs must agree to cooperate in HUD-funded research and evaluation studies.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Performance monitoring is required through the interim and annual reexaminations criteria below: HUD has found it necessary to require interim reexaminations if a Native American veteran?s household income decreases so that the rental assistance payment may increase to cover the cost of rent.

Further, if the program is given renewal authority, it will be necessary to conduct annual reexaminations to capture annual fluctuations in income and rent as well as track demographic data necessary for the reporting requirements of the program. Tribes/TDHEs must conduct an interim reexamination if the Native American veteran?s income decreases between annual certifications.

If there have been any changes in income, rent, or household composition they must collected and maintained in the veteran?s file in accordance with Program Guidance 2016-05 (Record Keeping at Initial Occupancy).

A paper copy of this information must be kept in the veteran?s file and be transmitted to HUD upon request once the electronic reporting system is functioning.

In the event of renewal funding for the program, the tribes/TDHEs must conduct an annual reexamination of the Native American veteran and the household?s income to determine rental assistance payments and tenant rent contribution payments.

Annual reexaminations must also collect and update household demographic, personal and rental information in accordance with Program Guidance 2016-05 (Record Keeping at Initial Occupancy).

A paper copy of this information must be kept in the veteran?s file and an electronic version of this information must be sent to HUD upon request once the electronic reporting system is functioning.

Rental information reported during the annual recertification will be used to calculate renewal funding.

If, upon annual reexamination, a Native American veteran or his/her household is determined to be over-income, the tribe can continue to serve the Native American veteran/household and not have it count towards its 10 percent over-income cap under 24 CFR 1000.110(c).

If the Native American veteran/household?s adjusted rent contribution payment, based on the income increase, is equal to the rent for the unit, then the Tribal HUD-VASH rental assistance is no longer needed and this assistance must be used on the next eligible Native American veteran.

In this instance, the over-income Native American veteran can continue to receive Case Management services from the VA for as long as the VA deems the care necessary.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. The tribe/TDHE is required to meet the requirements of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F, if applicable.

Records

In addition to maintaining records of referral and eligibility determination, a tribe/TDHE must also collect, keep on file, and report, additional household demographic, personal (including social security numbers), and rental information using in accordance with Program Guidance 2016-05 (Record Keeping at Initial Occupancy). This information also is required to be reported through an electronic reporting system as prescribed by HUD. At initial occupancy, tribes/TDHEs will need to collect Social Security numbers (SSNs) for Homeless or At Risk of Homelessness veterans and their household members. This information must be maintained in the veteran?s physical file. An original document issued by a federal, state, or tribal government agency, which contains the name of the individual and the SSN of the individual along with other identifying information, is acceptable in accordance with the standards in 24 CFR 5.216(g). In the case of the Homeless or At Risk of Homelessness veteran, the tribe/TDHE must accept the Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD-214) or the VA-verified Application for Health Benefits (10-10EZ) as verification of SSN, and cannot require the veteran to provide a SSN card. These documents must also be accepted for proof-of-age purposes in lieu of birth certificates or other tribe/TDHE-required documentation. Please note that veterans are also issued photo identification cards by the VA. If such identification is required by the tribe/TDHE, these cards must be accepted by the tribe/TDHE in lieu of another type of government-issued photo identification.

Financial Information

Account Identification

86-0302-0-1-604.

Obigations

(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 17 Not Available; FY 18 Estimate Not Available; and FY 19 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$100,000-$400,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

2 CFR 200, 'Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards' Federal Register Notice, 'Implementation of the Tribal HUD?VA Supportive Housing Program': 80 FR 63822

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Marco C. Santos 451 7th Street SW, Rm. 5156, Washington, District of Columbia 20410 Email: Marco.C.Santos@hud.gov Phone: 2024023057

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.



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