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June 25, 2021 | September 28, 2021 | 28,893 total views

LAHSA is pleased to announce that the American Rescue Plan (ARP) has provided approximately 70,000 emergency housing vouchers (EHVs) for eligible public housing agencies (PHAs) around the United States. There will be 6,806 EHVs available throughout the City and County of Los Angeles. EHVs are tenant-based rental assistance under the Housing Choice Voucher Program. Access will be facilitated through the Coordinated Entry System (CES) for Los Angeles County.

EHVs will be available beginning July 1, 2021, and all EHVs must be leased up by September 2023. Given this quick timeline, please review the information on this page to determine if you should refer participants with which you are working.

 

Eligibility

The LA County Coordinated Entry System has identified 7 eligible household types for EHVs:

  • Unhoused or housed households who are fleeing, or attempting to flee domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking or human trafficking
  • Households that are survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking, as defined under Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act (HEARTH Act), the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA)
  • Households seeking an emergency transfer through the Interim LAHSA Emergency Transfer Plan under Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
  • Households enrolled in time-limited subsidy programs (such as Rapid Re-Housing, Recovery Re-Housing or Shallow Subsidy) who need a permanent housing resource in order to achieve or maintain housing stability (whether currently housed or enrolled and not yet housed)
  • Households in interim housing whose sites are closing (such as Project RoomKey sites or Project HomeKey sites that are closing this year)
  • Households with long-term enrollment in interim housing (three months or longer)
  • Households enrolled in programs that offer navigation, case management, and/or post-lease up retention services (such as Housing Navigation)

 

EHV Housing Interest Assessment

Moving forward for all Clarity HMIS and Victim Service Providers (VSP), the paper version of the EHV Interest Assessment Form will not be accepted. The Housing Voucher Interest Assessment is now available in Clarity HMIS and or online via the EHV Online Survey for VSPs. Please complete this assessment for households that have not been submitted through the PDF/paper version.

Below are instructions on how to access the Housing Voucher Interest Assessment:

 

For Clarity HMIS Users:

  1. Log into Clarity HMIS account: https://la.clarityhs.com/
  2. Search for household using their Clarity HMIS ID
  3. Select the tab
  4. Start the Housing Voucher Interest Assessment:


Please note: If you have submitted the PDF/paper version of this assessment for (a) participant(s), you do not need to complete this assessment again. Please only use the HMIS assessment for participants for whom you have not submitted a PDF/paper version.

 

For Victim Service Providers, or providers working with survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual assault, or stalking who cannot submit information through HMIS due to confidentiality restrictions:

  1. Navigate to the assessment here
  2. Follow steps to complete the assessment
  3. Click “Submit” to finalize the assessment

 

Problem-Solving Training

Problem-Solving Assistance Funds (PSAF) will be available to support security deposits for EHVs if other programs' funds are not available (such as in Rapid Re-Housing and Recovery Re-Housing programs). To utilize these assistance funds, you will need to first take the Problem-Solving training that applies to you listed below:

For questions regarding this training, please reach out to problem-solving@lahsa.org.

 

EHV Reference Materials

 

Office Hours and Additional Resources

If you have additional questions, please email EHV@lahsa.org.

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