Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH)

The “Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing” (HUD-VASH) Program provides permanent housing subsidies and case management services to homeless veterans with mental and addictive disorders through a collaboration of the Departments of Housing and Urban Development and Veteran Affairs.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • All homeless veterans are eligible for VASH
  • Homeless veterans with chronic mental illnesses or chronic substance abuse disorders may be given a priority
  • VA Medical Centers will:
    • work with local Continuums of Care for outreach and referrals
    • identify homeless veterans eligible to participate in HUD-VASH
    • determine eligibility and refer HUD-VASH eligible families to the local Housing Authority
  • All regulatory requirements for Housing Choice Vouchers apply to HUD-VASH
  • PHAs will not have authority to maintain a waiting list or apply local preferences for HUD-VASH Housing Vouchers

In 2009 Orange County Housing Authority (OCHA) was designated to receive 70 HUD-VASH Housing Vouchers. OCHA received an additional 150 HUD-VASH vouchers in 2010, 75 in 2011, and 75 in 2012, for a total of 370.

The VA Medical Center in Long Beach California screens and selects veterans for participation in VASH and began referring eligible persons to OCHA in November 2009.

For further information about eligibility, please contact Long Beach VA Medical Center at:

562-826-8000 ext. 2336 or

OCHA staff, Leticia Hernandez at: 714-480-2746.