HUD AWARDS $150 MILLION TO PROVIDE PERMANENT HOMES AND SERVICES TO EXTREMELY LOW-INCOME PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

HUD AWARDS $150 MILLION TO PROVIDE PERMANENT HOMES AND SERVICES TO EXTREMELY LOW-INCOME PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

Rental assistance to prevent unnecessary institutionalization

WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 3, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — 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:

State

 # of Households to be Assisted

Award

Alaska AAlaska Housing Finance Corporation

200

$         7,722,343

Arizona Arizona Dept. of Housing

54

$         2,950,000

California California Housing Finance Agency

283

$       11,985,436

Colorado Colorado Dept. of Local Affairs

411

$         7,610,719

Connecticut Dept. of Housing, State of Connecticut

150

$         4,112,906

District of Columbia D.C. Dept. of Housing and Community Development

60

$         2,617,645

Georgia Georgia Housing Finance Authority

350

$       10,174,407

Illinois Illinois Housing Development Authority

200

$         6,420,000

Kentucky Kentucky Housing Corporation

150

$         5,794,675

Massachusetts Massachusetts Dept. of Housing & Community Development

100

$         6,803,050

Maryland Maryland Dept. of Housing and Community Development

150

$         9,808,054

Maine Maine State Housing Authority

66

$         2,000,000

Michigan Michigan State Housing Development Authority

200

$         5,516,950

Minnesota Minnesota Housing Finance Agency

75

$         3,000,000

New Hampshire New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority

150

$         8,634,824

New Jersey NJ Housing Mortgage Finance Agency

206

$         5,099,229

New Mexico New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority

95

$         2,278,447

Nevada State of Nevada Housing Division

50

$         2,000,000

Ohio Ohio Housing Finance Agency

508

$       11,991,399

Oregon Housing and Community Services Dept.

80

$         2,335,000

Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency

200

$         8,557,014

Rhode Island Rhode Island Housing and Mortgage Finance Corporation

150

$         5,627,829

South Dakota South Dakota Housing Development Authority

100

$         2,797,972

Texas Texas Dept. of Housing and Community Affairs

296

$       12,000,000

Wisconsin Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority

300

$         2,532,090

4584

$150,369,989

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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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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is the nation’s housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development, and enforces the nation’s fair housing laws.

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