The Housing Authority of San Angelo (HASA) administers 8 special programs/preferences related to the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program. Each of these programs/preferences is designed for a target population and may have additional eligibility requirements. All of these special programs are subject to the same basic eligibility requirements as for the traditional HCV program unless otherwise specified.
The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program is a voluntary, five plus year program that is designed to assist any family receiving HCV assistance to set and achieve short-term and/or long-term goals. See the link for additional information.
The Non-Elderly Disabled (NED) Program is a special set of HCVs for applicants who qualify as non-elderly (ages 18-61) and disabled. To qualify, the head of household, co-head, or spouse must be a “qualified individual with a disability” based on the requirements set out in 24 CFR 8.3. The number of spots on this program are limited and the maximum number of NED vouchers is not always guaranteed to be available. Once a HCV/Section 8 application is submitted, the applications are screened for eligibility to be added to the NED waiting list. Applicants cannot apply separately for NED.
The Family Unification Program for Family (FUPF) and Youth (FUPY) are a special set of HCVs that are administered in partnership with the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) in San Angelo, TX. The FUPF vouchers are targeted specifically to assist families for whom the lack of adequate housing is a primary factor in the separation or threat of imminent separation of children from their families, or in the prevention of reunifying the children with their families. The FUPY vouchers are targeted specifically to youth who have aged out of foster care or who will be transitioning from foster care within 90 days. Both the FUPF and FUPY programs are referral based in that the DFPS in San Angelo, TX must refer the eligible family to the HASA as a result of a current open case and/or must refer the eligible youth. See the link for additional information.
The HUD-VASH program provides rental assistance to homeless veterans in partnership with the US Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). Applicants for the VASH program must be referred to the HASA by the VASH Case Manager covering the HASA jurisdiction. The number of available vouchers on this program are limited and the maximum number of VASH vouchers are not always guaranteed to be available. See link for additional information.
The Mainstream (MS) program is a special set of vouchers for families composed of one or more non-elderly persons (ages 18-61) with disabilities, which may include additional members who are elderly persons with disabilities, AND for families who meet one of the following: a. Transitioning out of institutional or other segregated setting, b. At serious risk of institutionalization, c. Currently experiencing homeless, or d. At risk of becoming homeless. Applicants for MS HCVs must also meet the same basic eligibility requirements as for the HCV Program. A family whose sole member is an emancipated minor is not an eligible family. The number of spots on this program are limited and the maximum number of MS vouchers is not always guaranteed to be available. Once a HCV/Section 8 application is submitted, the applications are screened for eligibility to be added to the MS waiting list based on questions answered in the application. Applicants cannot apply separately for MS. See link for additional information and definitions.
The Home Ownership Program (HOP) is used to assist a family in purchasing a home while receiving HCV housing assistance. A family assisted under this option may be newly admitted or an existing participant in the HCV program. The family must secure their own financing through an approved mortgage lender and the HASA is not party to the mortgage agreement. The family must qualify as a first time homeowner, must meet income and employment requirements (unless the family qualifies as an elderly or disabled family), and must meet all other requirements for eligibility under the HCV Program. See link for additional information.
The Foster Youth to Independence Initiative (FYI) program will provide rental assistance for youth at least 18 years and not more than 24 years of age (that have not reached their 25th birthday) who are aging out of foster care to prevent homelessness. This program is referral based in partnership with the DFPS in San Angelo, TX and After Foster Care programs. The assigned DFPS worker and After Care provider must sign the referral form along with the applicant. See link for additional information and requirements.
The Limited Homeless Preference (LHP) is a special set-aside of HCVs administered by the HASA. This is a referral preference only so the applicant must have a referral from the Rapid Rehousing Program (RRHP) and Coordinated Entry (CE) staff through HASA and/or through CVCAA. LHP vouchers will give preference to applicants who meet the Public and Indian Housing (PIH) definition of homeless. The referring agency must refer the LHP eligible family to the HASA once the homeless status has been properly vetted. The family must also meet all HCV Program eligibility requirements to qualify. See link for additional information and requirements.