With 1.7 million veterans residing in California, our state is home to the largest population of former servicemembers. With this honor comes the challenge of also having the highest number of veterans experiencing homelessness, approximately 29 percent of the national total.
Thanks to our Legislature and California voters, $600 million was authorized in 2014 to support the Veteran Housing and Homeless Prevention (VHHP) program and fund the development of multifamily housing for veterans experiencing homelessness and veterans at-risk of homelessness.
CalVet collaborates with the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) and the California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA) to administer the program. To date, VHHP has awarded approximately $238 million to 55 projects throughout the state.
Recently, the VHHP program made $75 million available to communities throughout California in its fourth round of Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) application cycle. Funds are awarded to qualifying developers and nonprofit entities to construct, acquire, rehabilitate, or preserve affordable multifamily housing for veterans and their families.
Prospective applicants to the program can learn more about the competitive bid process and the VHHP program through a series of outreach workshops, beginning in April.
“CalVet is grateful to the millions of California voters that supported this initiative. Through this commitment, thousands of veterans and their families will not only escape homelessness, but also be provided the supportive services needed for long-term housing stability.” – Keith Boylan, CalVet Deputy Secretary of Veterans Services
See below for information regarding each workshop and how to register.
APRIL 5 – Copper Mountain College in Joshua Tree
Please join the VHHP program at Copper Mountain College in the Community Room (6162 Rotary Way in Joshua Tree) from 1 to 4 p.m. for an overview and outreach session about the program and its guidelines. We encourage local leadership, affordable housing developers, and veteran services providers to attend.
APRIL 6 – American Legion Post 60 in Brawley
American Legion Post 60 (509 G Street in Brawley) – 1 to 4 p.m.
APRIL 10 – Santa Maria Public Library
Santa Maria Public Library (421 South McClelland Street in Santa Maria) – 1 to 4 p.m.
APRIL 11 – Visalia
BOS conference room (2800 W. Burrel Avenue in Visalia) – 1 to 4 p.m.
APRIL 13 – Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center in Stockton
Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center (2101 E. Earhart Ave. in Stockton) – 1 to 3:30 p.m.
APRIL 17 – Housing Authority of Butte County in Chico
Housing Authority of Butte County (2039 Forest Ave. in Chico) – 1 to 4 p.m.
This series would not have been possible without the support from the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) and California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA).
These workshops are open to the public.
California Department of Veterans Affairs – CalVet’s mission is to serve all of California’s veterans and their families. With 1.7 million veterans living in the state, CalVet strives to ensure that veterans of every era and their families get the state and federal benefits and services they have earned as a result of selfless and honorable military service. To learn more on how CalVet assists veterans, visit www.CalVet.ca.gov.