DBHDS has asked us to share the announcement below re: the 32 Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV) for people with I/DD in DOJ Target Population:
Housing Choice Voucher Admissions Preference for the DOJ Target Population – 32 Vouchers Available
The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) has been notified by the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) that it has received approval from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to implement a special admissions preference for the DOJ target population within its Housing Choice Voucher program (formerly known as Section 8).
VHDA has set aside 32 housing choice vouchers for eligible individuals in Virginia. A rental housing subsidy is paid to the landlord on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program.
The unit must meet the program’s housing and safety standards, and the rent must be appropriate for the area. The total rent for the unit size approved for your household must be the lower of the Fair Market Rent or the rent of comparable units in the neighborhood.
DBHDS is currently accepting referrals from ID or DD Support Coordinators, Community Integration Managers or Centers for Independent Living for individuals who are included in the DOJ target population and who can move into their own rental housing within 60 days of receiving a voucher. The referral form is available at this link.
VHDA has received approval to make 32 Housing Choice Vouchers available immediately for individuals with I/DD that are referred by DBHDS. Unlike many other Housing Choice Voucher Programs, individuals that are referred by DBHDS will not have to put their name on a waiting list and go through the standard process, which could take a year or more.
DBHDS will allocate referral slots on a first come, first served basis across each of the Commonwealth’s Health Planning Regions according to the schedule below; until January 16, 2015. After January 16, 2015, all referrals to VHDA will be made on a first come, first served basis statewide.
- Health Planning Region 1: 7 slots
- Health Planning Region 2: 6 slots
- Health Planning Region 3: 7 slots
- Health Planning Region 4: 6 slots
- Health Planning Region 5: 6 slots
DBHDS plans to maintain a referral list of approximately 90 individuals. Eligible individuals will be moved up on the list as referrals are made to VHDA at the onset of this initiative or via program turnover. If DBHDS receives more than 90 referrals, those referrals will also be tracked to gauge potential demand for additional housing resources, as they become available.
Individuals must reside in legal dwelling units that contain a full kitchen and bathroom. Units may be in a multi-family apartment building, a single family home (e.g., a 2 BR house), etc. Referrals will not be made for individuals who desire to live in any of the following settings:
- group home,
- boarding house,
- rooms for rent, or
- rental housing shared by more than 3 people with a disability.
For a copy of the public notice, please click here.
Administrative Community Operations- Housing
Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
1220 Bank Street Richmond, VA 23219