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.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
14.899
Federal Agency/Office
Office of Public and Indian Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 26 tribes/TDHEs have been awarded Tribal HUD-VASH grants under the demonstration program.
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.
Authorization
Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, Public Law 113-235
Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017, Public Law 115-31
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
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.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
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 Procedure
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 location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision 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.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance Reports: 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.
Auditing
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.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
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.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Marco C. Santos
451 7th Street SW, Rm. 5156
Washington, DC 20410 US
Marco.C.Santos@hud.gov
Phone: 2024023057
Website Address
https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/public_indian_housing/ih/headquarters/gm
Financial Information
Account Identification
86-0302-0-1-604
Obligations
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 18$3,765,000.00; FY 19 est $4,000,000.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17 est $7,000,000.00; FY 16$5,878,516.00; -
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
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.

 


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