Veterans Housing and Homelessness Prevention Program (VHHP)
Acquisition, construction, rehabilitation, and preservation of affordable multifamily housing for veterans and their families to allow veterans to access and maintain housing stability.
VHHP Program Progress
California is home to nearly 1.8 million veterans, the largest veteran population in the nation. Nearly 15,000 California veterans experience homelessness on a given night, representing nearly 26 percent of the nation’s homeless veterans. Homeless veterans are overrepresented in the homeless population, and veteran status is associated with a higher risk of homelessness. Of California’s extremely low-income veteran renter households, 79 percent have a severe cost burden, spending more than 50 percent of their income on housing.
In 2008, California voters approved Proposition 12, the Veteran’s Bond Act of 2008, authorizing $900 million in general obligation bonds intended to help veterans purchase single family homes, farms, and mobilehomes through the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) Home Loan Program. As a result of the nation’s economic crisis and the State’s housing downturn, coupled with the changing demographics of our veterans, the CalVet Home Loan Program has not experienced the demand that was originally projected before the downturn.
In 2013, AB 639 (Chapter 727, Statutes of 2013, Pérez) restructured the Veteran’s Bond Act of 2008 authorizing $600 million in existing bond authority to fund multifamily housing for veterans. With the approval of Proposition 41 by California voters on June 3, 2014, the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), in collaboration with the California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA) and CalVet, is in the process of designing, developing, and administering a veteran multifamily housing program pursuant to AB 639 (Chapter 727, Statutes of 2013, Pérez).
Background Information and Program Publications
- Summary of AB 639 - Chapter 727, Statutes 2013, Pérez (PDF)
- Joint Legislative Hearing – Housing & Community Development and Veterans Affairs; May 7, 2014
- AB 639/Proposition 41 Housing California Conference Panel Presentation; April 16, 2014 (PDF)
Funds must be used to serve veterans and their families.
“Veteran” means any person who served in the active military, naval, or air service of the United States or as a member of the National Guard who was called to and released from active duty or active services for a period of not fewer than 90 consecutive days or was discharged from service due to a service-related disability. This includes veterans with other-than-honorable discharges.
At least 50 percent of the funds awarded shall serve veteran households with extremely low incomes. Of those units targeted to extremely low-income veteran housing, 60 percent shall be supportive housing units.
** Please note – The VHHP Program does not provide funding directly to individuals. If you are a veteran in need of assistance, please contact the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’ Nation Call Center for Homeless Veterans Hotline at 1-877-4AID VET (1-877-424-3838) or the California Department of Veterans Affairs .
The current Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) is available on the Current NOFAs page. Approximately $75 million was made available under the October 2015 NOFA. Approximately $400 million will be offered in subsequent years. For more information, check previous NOFAs and Awards.
Research & Reports
- Housing Instability Among our Nation’s Veterans, National Low-Income Housing Coalition, November 2013 (PDF)
- Veterans and Homelessness, Congressional Research Service, November 2013 (PDF)
- Report to Congress on Homeless Veterans, United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, December 2012 (PDF)/li>
- Veterans Permanent Supportive Housing Policy and Practice, National Housing Conference and Center for Housing Policy, May 2013 (PDF)
- Overview of veterans in California, California Research Bureau, March 2013 (PDF)
- Annual Homeless Report to Congress, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, 2013 (PDF)
- Veteran Homelessness: A Supplemental Report to the 2010 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress, US Department of Housing and Urban Development and US Department of Veterans Affairs (PDF)