Emergency Housing Vouchers

What is the Emergency Housing Voucher?

The Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) program is available through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Through EHV, HUD is providing Erie County additional Housing Choice Vouchers to assist individuals and families who are:

- Homeless
- At risk of homelessness
- Fleeing, or attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking, or
- Were recently homeless or have a high risk of housing instability.

All applicable nondiscrimination and equal opportunity requirements apply to the EHV program, including requirements that the PHA grant reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities, effectively communicate with persons with disabilities, and ensure meaningful access for persons with limited English proficiency (LEP).

In compliance with HUD Notice PIH 2021-15, Belmont will receive all eligible referrals from our local Continuum of Care (COC) entity- the Homeless Alliance of WNY.

Who is Eligible?

In order to be eligible for an EHV, an individual or family must meet one of four eligibility criteria:
- Homeless as defined in 24 CFR 578.3;
- At risk of homelessness as defined in 24 CFR 578.3;
- Fleeing, or attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking (as defined in Notice PIH 2021-15), or human trafficking (as defined in the 22 U.S.C. Section 7102); or
- Recently homeless and for whom providing rental assistance will prevent the family’s homelessness or having high risk of housing instability as determined by the CoC or its designee in accordance with the definition in Notice PIH 2021-15.

Income Limits

Eligible applicants must have incomes at or below 50% of area medium income.

Preferences for Applications

Of those eligible the local COC – in conjunction with services providers, person with lived experiences and community data the following preferences were established:

1. Persons 62 years of age or older AND currently in a COC funded Permanent Supportive Housing Program

2. Persons currently housed in COC/ESG funded Rapid Rehousing program AND paying more than 50% of their income for rent

3. Persons who meet HUD definition of literally homeless AND have been homeless for over three (3) months

4. Households who have child under age of 5; or include three(3) or more children; or include a child with a disability

5. Persons who meet the HUD definition of literally homeless for at least one (1) month; OR currently fleeing domestic violence

Those who have priority for EHV through CoC partnership are those who are currently located and being served in Erie County.

For more information contact:
ehv@wnyhomeless.org