Emergency Housing Vouchers Program (EHV): How Does It Work?

When the COVID-19 epidemic broke out in 2020, it significantly altered the lives of the majority of people living in the United States.

Lockdowns also highlighted homelessness in the country. Lockdowns encouraged individuals to stay home. The virus was most likely to infect homeless persons.

Homeless shelters, especially in big cities like New York, became overcrowded thus making social distancing even harder to practice.

After becoming president in 2020, Joe Biden created the Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) program. The 2021 American Rescue Plan included this program.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) runs the Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) program.

What does EHV stand for?

The program pays a percentage of rent depending on income to minimize homelessness and provide families with safe, clean housing.

People in danger who meet any of the following criteria are eligible for emergency housing vouchers:

Who is able to get EHV?


1. Those who are homeless 2. Those who might end up without a home 3. fleeing domestic abuse, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking


4. Anyone who became recently homeless and for whom providing rental assistance will prevent the family's homelessness or having high risk of housing instability

There are 70,000 vouchers available as a whole. To apply, you can go to the Urban Development website and look for the EHV dashboard.

How to get an EHV?