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In partnership with the Mayor's Office of Veterans Affairs (MOVA) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) works to provide comprehensive services to veterans living in the City of New York. The agencies jointly created the Veteran Service Unit (VSU), a centralized access point for veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The VSU links veterans to services and resources, including housing services; medical care; and City, State, and federal entitlements, such as pension benefits and public assistance entitlements. Additionally, eligible veterans can apply for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program, which pairs rental assistance vouchers with VA case management for veterans, helping them to live successfully in their own apartments.

DHS remains committed to working with MOVA and the VA to further synchronize efforts on the local and federal levels, reinforce partnerships, identify gaps in services, and, most importantly, share challenges in meeting the needs of homeless veterans as our City and our nation plan for the future.

Housing Resources for Homeless Veterans

Homeless veterans in need of short-term housing continue from DHS intake/assessment shelters to the VSU, where they receive referrals to transitional housing at one of two veteran-specific facilities: the Borden Avenue Veterans Residence (BAVR), a 243-bed short-term housing facility for male and female veterans, and the Porter Avenue site, an employment-focused facility offering services for 138 male veterans. In addition to providing services tailored toward this special population of clients, such facilities also provide veterans with the added benefit of mutual camaraderie and support alongside their peers.

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Services for the Underserved
The Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program aims to improve very low-income veteran families' housing stability.

SSVF programs provide outreach and case management services and assist participants to obtain VA and other public benefits. SSVF services include:

  • Housing counseling services
  • Legal services
  • Benefits advocacy
  • Childcare services
  • Rental and utility assistance
  • Personal financial planning services
  • Transportation
  • Moving costs
Learn more about eligibility and find providers
Learn about SSVF outreach protocols
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Veteran Housing Rental Incentives

New York City is participating in the Mayor's Challenge to end veteran homelessness, and as part of this effort, DHS has created a task force to establish housing plans for every homeless veteran, with the goal of permanently housing all veterans by December 31, 2015. To support this effort, the incentives described below are currently available to landlords, brokers, and supportive housing providers.

  • 15% Broker Bonus (15% of the annual rent): This bonus is currently available to brokers who connect our clients with LINC apartments. It is being expanded to include subsidized exits through VASH, HPD Section 8, and MRT.
  • Commercial SRO Landlord Incentive: Landlords of legal commercial SROs are eligible to receive a $1,000 payment for each one-year lease signed with a homeless veteran.
  • Room Rental Incentive: Landlords renting rooms to homeless veterans through the LINC program are eligible to receive a $500 payment for every one-year lease signed.
  • Incentives to Supportive Housing (SH) Providers: A $1,000 bonus is being offered to SH providers for each community unit rented to a veteran with a HUD-VASH, HPD Section 8, or MRT voucher. A $2,000 bonus is being offered for each community unit rented to a veteran with a LINC voucher.