The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $150 million to 25 states on March 2 for the purpose of providing rental assistance and other services for low-income people with disabilities.
The funds will provide supports for as many as 4,600 households, allowing them to transition from institutions to community based settings.
The money will be allocated to state housing agencies, who were required to demonstrate they would partner with local health agencies to be eligible for the grants.
“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,” HUD Secretary Julián Castro in a news release. “These grants will provide real opportunity by cutting health care costs for states while allowing folks to live as independently as possible.”
The funds are authorized under the Frank Melville Housing Supportive Housing Investment Act, passed by Congress in 2010, which created the Section 811 Project Rental Assistance.
“Like all Americans, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities deserve the opportunity to live independently in the community with their peers. Unfortunately, across our nation low-income people with disabilities face a severe shortage of accessible and affordable housing,” Peter V. Berns, CEO of The Arc, said in a blog post. “The money being awarded by HUD will continue the progress and promise of the Melville Act, allowing thousands of individuals to live in the community, where they belong.
“For many, this announcement is the difference between life in an institution and inclusion in their communities.”