What is an Emergency Housing Voucher?

Five billion dollars of American Rescue Plan funds have been allocated for the creation of the Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) program to help pay rent for persons and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. These vouchers are being distributed by Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) — also called housing authorities — across the country.

Because people who are homeless or facing homelessness need more time to recover from the fallout of the pandemic, it was deemed more effective to issue long term vouchers for these families, rather than use short term aid. Also, persons fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence/dating violence/sexual assault/stalking/human trafficking are eligible for EHVs.

The funds can be used for new EHVs, renewing existing EHVs, and paying administrative and other related costs.

Start the guide at Part 1: Who is eligible for an Emergency Housing Voucher? or choose a topic from the list below.

Emergency Housing Voucher Guide Guide