Kennedy Park
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Portland Housing Authority

Veterans Affairs Supported Housing (VASH) Program

Veterans Affairs Supported Housing (VASH) Program

VASH Frequently Asked Questions

The VASH program is a joint program between the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The goal of the VASH program is to move homeless veterans into supported housing. The primary component of the program is VA Case Management services. It provides linkage to medical care, mental health, and substance abuse services. Case management also provides other services needed to enhance a veteran's ability to remain stable, housed, and integrated into the community.

Portland Housing Authority has been selected by HUD to work in partnership with Togus VAMC to provide housing assistance in the form of a VASH Housing Choice Voucher (VASH HCV). These VASH Vouchers make it possible for veterans to afford privately owned rental housing in the community of the veteran's choice provided it is located within a reasonable distance from the VAMC or Outpatient Clinics.

Portland Housing Authority administers those vouchers used by veterans in York and Cumberland counties (Maine Housing Authority administers VASH for the rest of Maine). For more information about VASH and the eligibility requirements contact:

Togus Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Mental Health Services – HUD VASH Program
@ (207) 623-8411 ext. 4125 or toll free at (877) 421-8263 ext. 4125
Wendy Thomas-Blais, LCSW HUD VASH Program Manager

Applications for this program are not available at Portland Housing Authority. All interested Homeless Veterans must contact the HUD VASH Office at a phone number listed above.