Using Special Purpose Vouchers

Special Purpose Vouchers are distinguished from regular Housing Choice Vouchers in that they have been specifically provided by Congress in separate appropriations and are reserved for specific populations.

  • Only Veterans experiencing homelessness are eligible for HUD-VASH vouchers.
  •  FUP vouchers are for families in need of rental assistance to either prevent or end an out-of-home placement for one or more children, or for youth at least 18 years old and not more than 21 years old who left foster care at age 16 or older and who lack adequate housing.
  •  NED Vouchers are for non-elderly persons or families with disabilities, with a subset of vouchers (Category 2) reserved for people exiting nursing homes or other long-term care institutions.

The success of implementing Special Purpose Vouchers relies on developing strong partnerships with other agencies to pair rental assistance with services.