The GRHC administers 22 vouchers through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program. The HUD-VASH program serves veterans experiencing homelessness and veterans at risk for homelessness, combining rental assistance from the United States Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) with case management and clinical services provided by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
The GRHC receives veteran referrals through the VA Medical Center in Battle Creek. GRHC Resident Services staff work with the Battle Creek VA Medical Center as well as local VA clinics and social services agencies to help the veterans served through our HUD-VASH program access needed housing and community resources.
Veterans Development Planned
The GRHC has been awarded $1.4 million in federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) which is being leveraged to fund construction of Antoine Court Apartments, a Section 8 Project-Based program development tailored to meet the housing and supportive needs of homeless veterans and other individuals who qualify for Permanent Supportive Housing. The GRHC plans to provide an additional 28 HUD-VASH Vouchers that will help subsidize the planned development.
Click here for more information about Antoine Court.
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The GRHC administers 132 Mainstream Vouchers which offer a rental subsidy to support the housing needs of non-elderly persons who have disabilities; HUD defines “non-elderly” as under age 62. The program is particularly targeted to disabled persons who are transitioning out of institutional settings, at serious risk of institutionalization, homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, and our Section 8 Administrative Plan includes a preference for this population.
In addition to a rental housing subsidy, the Mainstream program provides supportive services coordinated by the GRHC’s on-staff social work professionals in collaboration with The Salvation Army, Disability Advocates, the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan, Cherry Health, Care Resources, local hospitals and nursing homes, and other community partner organizations that serve people who have disabilities. These services are designed to promote independence and dignity and may include home modifications, case management, counseling services, chore workers, legal help, medication management, meal delivery, medical equipment and supplies, transportation, fall prevention services and emergency response services
The GRHC pulls potentially eligible non-elderly applicants with disabilities from the households currently on the waiting list for our Housing Choice Voucher program. Maximum household income limits are the same as for the Housing Choice Voucher program and can be found here.
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