The Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) program is a voucher program funded through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). ARPA was signed into law on March 11, 2021, and included funding for approximately 70,000 EHVs. HUD announced EHA awards on May 10, 2021, and Housing Connect was allocated 131 EHVs.
EHVs are to assist individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness; at risk of homelessness; fleeing, or attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking; or were recently homeless and for whom providing rental assistance will prevent the family’s homelessness or having a high risk of housing instability.
In order to ensure those most in need are assisted first, HUD requires a partnership with the Continuum of Care (CoC) and/or other organizations for direct referrals. The CoC will determine whether the individual or family qualifies under one of the four eligibility categories mentioned above and provide verification and supporting documentation of that determination to Housing Connect. Upon receipt of the referral, Housing Connect will make a determination of eligibility to receive housing assistance. If eligible, an EHV will be issued to the individual or family.
Please note that connection to the CoC system does not guarantee your eligibility or prioritization for housing or rental subsidy support.
Additional information on the EHV can be found here. For more local information about EHVs, please visit: https://drive.google.