The GRHC administers 22 vouchers through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program. The HUD-VASH program serves Veterans experiencing or at risk of experiencing 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 Grand Rapids Veterans Center. GRHC Resident Services staff work with the Veterans Center as well as local clinics and social services agencies to help those served through our HUD-VASH program access needed housing and community resources.
Veterans Preference at Antoine Court Apartments
In October 2021 the GRHC opened Antoine Court Apartments, a Section 8 Project-Based program development tailored to meet the housing and supportive needs of Veterans experiencing homelessness and individuals who qualify for Permanent Supportive Housing. The development also houses people ages 55 and older who have disabilities and seniors ages 62 and older.
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The GRHC administers 207 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.
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