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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 10, 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:


Housing Agency

# of Households to be Assisted


Alaska AAlaska Housing Finance Corporation



Arizona Arizona Dept. of Housing



California California Housing Finance Agency



Colorado Colorado Dept. of Local Affairs



Connecticut Dept. of Housing, State of Connecticut



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



Georgia Georgia Housing Finance Authority



Illinois Illinois Housing Development Authority



Kentucky Kentucky Housing Corporation



Massachusetts Massachusetts Dept. of Housing & Community Development



Maryland Maryland Dept. of Housing and Community Development



Maine Maine State Housing Authority



Michigan Michigan State Housing Development Authority



Minnesota Minnesota Housing Finance Agency



New Hampshire New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority



New Jersey NJ Housing Mortgage Finance Agency



New Mexico New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority



Nevada State of Nevada Housing Division



Ohio Ohio Housing Finance Agency



Oregon Housing and Community Services Dept.



Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency



Rhode Island Rhode Island Housing and Mortgage Finance Corporation



South Dakota South Dakota Housing Development Authority



Texas Texas Dept. of Housing and Community Affairs



Wisconsin 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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Brian Sullivan
(202) 708-0685