HUD AWARDS $150 MILLION TO PROVIDE PERMANENT HOMES AND SERVICES TO
EXTREMELY LOW-INCOME PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES Rental assistance to prevent unnecessary institutionalization
WASHINGTON – To help prevent thousands of individuals with disabilities from being unnecessarily institutionalized or possibly falling into homelessness, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced it is awarding $150 million in rental assistance to 25 State Housing Agencies. In turn, the state agencies will provide permanent affordable rental housing and needed supportive services to nearly 4,600 households who are extremely low-income persons with disabilities, many of whom hoping to transition out of institutional settings back to the community.
HUD's support of state housing agencies is made possible through the Section 811 Project Rental Assistance (PRA) program which enables persons with disabilities who earn less than 30 percent of their area's median income to live in integrated, affordable housing. State housing agencies and their state Medicaid and Health and Human Service partner agencies identify, refer, and support target populations of persons with disabilities who require community-based, long-term care services to live independently. This is one of several recent collaborative efforts between HUD and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
"Everyone needs a stable home to call their own, especially persons with disabilities who can live on their own yet are at risk of becoming homeless," said HUD Secretary Julián Castro. "These grants will provide real opportunity by cutting health care costs for states while allowing folks to live as independently as possible."
"Communities and families are stronger when all citizens have the opportunity to fully participate and contribute to society," said HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell. "By providing permanent housing as well as access to needed supportive services, these grants are helping to fulfill the promise of productive, meaningful lives in their communities for people with disabilities."
Today's announcement reinforces the guiding principles of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the landmark 1999 Supreme Court ruling in Olmstead v. L.C., helping states and local governments to provide services in the most integrated settings appropriate to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities.
Funding has been made available for the following state agencies through HUD's Section 811 PRA program:
# of Households to be Assisted
AAlaska Housing Finance Corporation
Arizona Dept. of Housing
California Housing Finance Agency
Colorado Dept. of Local Affairs
Dept. of Housing, State of Connecticut
District of Columbia
D.C. Dept. of Housing and Community Development
Georgia Housing Finance Authority
Illinois Housing Development Authority
Kentucky Housing Corporation
Massachusetts Dept. of Housing & Community Development
Maryland Dept. of Housing and Community Development
Maine State Housing Authority
Michigan State Housing Development Authority
Minnesota Housing Finance Agency
New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority
NJ Housing Mortgage Finance Agency
New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority
State of Nevada Housing Division
Ohio Housing Finance Agency
Housing and Community Services Dept.
Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency
Rhode Island Housing and Mortgage Finance Corporation
South Dakota Housing Development Authority
Texas Dept. of Housing and Community Affairs
Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority
HUD's mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.
HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the
need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build
inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business.
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