Homeless Veterans and their Families
The Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) Program is a referral-based, rental assistance program designed to meet the housing needs of homeless veterans and their families. This program is available in every AHFC community that offers the Housing Choice Voucher Program.
Veterans Crisis Line
The Veterans Crisis Line connects veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat or text. If you are in a crisis or need immediate help:
- Call 800-273-8255, Press 1 OR
- Text to 838255 OR
- Go to: www.veteranscrisisline.net to chat online
Who is Eligible
Family income must be at or below 50 percent of the area median income. Income limits are set by HUD and are based on family size and the community where the family resides.
VASH applicants must be referred to AHFC by Alaska VA Healthcare System (AVAHS). AVAHS provides supportive services to the family while they participate in the VASH Program.
How it Works
As vouchers become available, families are invited to a briefing session, provided detailed information about the program and issued a voucher.
To receive voucher subsidy, the rental amount for the unit must be reasonable. The unit must also pass a federal housing quality standards inspection. Landlords may use their own lease, but AHFC requires an initial lease term of one year.
Once a family finds and leases an AHFC-approved rental unit, AHFC breaks the rent into a family portion and a subsidy portion. Families are responsible for paying their portion of the rent directly to their landlord, while AHFC pays the subsidy portion directly to the landlord.
How to Apply
Families or individuals must contact the Alaska VA Healthcare System for eligibility and referral. Families may contact the Anchorage office at 907-273-4016 or the Fairbanks office at 907-750-1223 for more information. Our application packages are available on our Applications page.