A prospective tenant just asked f we accept hud-vash....I found info on how they apply but not sure what that means to me as the landlord...can Antwon share some insight or links to help me out
@Brianna Jackson Did you mean "anyone" or someone named Antwon. I do not think anyone named Antwon has ever said anything about VASH on biggerpockets.
Yes 'anyone' sorry
if its the VASH that I know of here in Massachusetts as Veterans Assistance, the funding is from the government and their inspection is from the local section 8 inspectors.
Have you worked with Sec8 folks ?
California law prohibits discrimination against income source, but I also don't think anyone can force you to learn the ins and outs of a government program if you don't want the extra hassle. If you rent via Section 8, VASH, HUD etc be prepared to complete a housing voucher, have it approved, schedule an initial inspection, have that approved and wait for a breakdown of tenant vs HAP payments before signing a lease. There are also voucher limits to the maximum combined rent, limits to what the tenant will pay out of pocket, and the voucher contains a number of bedrooms the applicant should seek. We have applicants with 1 bedroom vouchers looking for a 2 bedroom unit, or looking in areas that are above the max rent level.
The leases I have always done are 1 year initially, so if you like MtM tenancy beware of that. There will probably be inspections yearly or every 2 years as well to ensure safe/sanitary conditions. Asking for rent increases has to go through the local housing authority for approval which can also take time or not be approved at all due to 'area rent comps' not supporting your asking. It may also take longer to terminate a HUD tenancy (90 day notice to quit in Los Angeles).
If you have a local VAMC near where you live, contact the and ask to speak with the HUD VASH coordinator. If this is like the VAMC I worked at for many year, the local Housing Authority provides the vouchers (and the inspectors for the program) but the VA will work with the veterans who are interested in the program and they tend to monitor them more carefully than caseworkers associated with the "regular" Section 8 program to keep them "on the straight and narrow" so to speak.
Many of our veterans were single folks and thus would qualify for a one bedroom unit. The focus was always on attempting to encourage financial independence for these veterans (i.e., being able to save their own money since many receive some type of financial assistance already, either through a pension or service connection) and, eventually, be able to get off the program and thus move their voucher to another homeless veteran since there were only a limited number of vouchers to go around.
The requirements in terms of inspection would be the same as with any of the requirements for the Section 8 program (you could ask your local Housing Authority for these) as their inspectors would be doing the initial and yearly inspections.
I've housed many VASH voucher holders and agree with @Gail K. . These are just like any SEC 8 tenant, except they come with two case workers. Be careful to remember if they are part of VASH, they are "disabled VETS". Not only can landlords in some states not discriminate on the basis of source of income, their disability also makes them a protected class no matter where you are landlording. In my area, their one bedroom vouchers almost always affords them a standard two bedroom apartment price. Working with these tenants is not for the faint of heart. I've never seen any get out of the program because they regained financial independence. Rather, more than half in my pool, had their vouchers canceled because of the tenant's failure to adhere to the rules of the program. Unlike a regular SEC 8 tenant who loses their voucher when they cheat, lie, or steal, a VASH tenant general gets in trouble because of the severity of their mental disabilities that result in them going in and out of facilities - hospitals, jails, etc. I always want to help them, as do their case workers, but sometimes we want to help more than the voucher holder wants to help himself. (In my case they have always been male tenants, although I am sure there have to be some females in VASH too.)
I am curious to know regarding the VASH voucher,do the tenants tend to have a high turnover? I am interested in accepting VASH vouchers for homeless veterans in Detroit and since it tends to have a high rate of single males especially alot of drug/alcohol abuse in this market. Please provide some feedback about your experiences or recommendations.
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