Feds announce new housing assistance grants

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced $137 million in new grants Wednesday for housing projects for low-income people with disabilities, as part of its Section 811 Supportive Housing Program.

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The grants are part of larger $749 million grants package of housing assistance projects for the low-income elderly and people with disabilities nationwide.

“The Obama Administration is committed to helping our senior citizens and persons with disabilities find an affordable place to live that is close to needed healthcare services and transportation,” HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said in a news release.  “Recent bipartisan changes to these two supportive housing programs will allow us to better serve some of our more vulnerable populations who would otherwise be struggling to find a safe and decent home of their own.”

In December, Congress passed the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Act of 2010 to expand the Section 811 program. When the bill was passed, it was expected that the program would provide grants for 3,000 to 4,000 housing units year for low-income people with disabilities, up from the 800 to 1,000 units already being built through the program.