Special Programs

In addition to our regular tenant based vouchers, HABD also have some Special Purpose Vouchers within the Housing Choice Voucher program. Special Purpose Funding is for targeted specific purposes such as, specific families, or specific categories of families. HABD offers the following special purpose programs:

Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH)

The HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program combines Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance for homeless Veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  VA provides these services for participating Veterans at VA medical centers (VAMCs) and community-based outreach clinics.

Project-Based Vouchers (PBV)

Project-based vouchers are a component of the housing choice voucher program. A PHA can attach up to 20 percent of its voucher assistance to specific housing units if the owner agrees to either rehabilitate or construct new units, or the owner agrees to set-aside a portion of the units in an existing development. HABD is in partnership with private apartment complexes and developers to provide project based rental assistance with qualified properties. PBV units are awarded through a competitive process.

Moderate Rehabilitation Single Room Occupancy (SRO) Program

Under the SRO program, HUD enters into annual contributions contracts (ACCs) with HABD in connection with the moderate rehabilitation of residential properties. HABD make rental assistance payments to participating landlords on behalf of homeless individuals who rent the rehabilitated dwellings. The rental assistance payments generally cover the difference between a portion (usually 30 percent) of the tenant’s adjusted income and the unit’s rent, which must be within the fair market limit established by HUD.

HUD provides rental assistance for SRO units for a period of 10 years. Owners are compensated for the cost of rehabilitation (as well as the other costs of owning and maintaining the property) through the rental assistance payments. HABD has partnered with Birmingham Health Care to provide the SRO program.

More information is available by contacting Sterling Bethea, Director of Leased Housing at (205) 521-6360 or sbethea@habd.net.