HUD announces new rental assistance funding

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Housing for people with disabilities

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced March 4 the availability of more than $120 million in funding for state housing agencies to provide “long term project-based rental assistance to extremely low-income persons with disabilities.”

This will be the second round of funding under HUD’s new Section 811 Project Rental Assistance Demonstration Program, which was authorized by the Frank Melville Housing Supportive Housing Investment Act, passed by Congress in 2010. States have until May 5 to apply.

To be eligible, state housing agencies must form partnerships with state health agencies, in order to provide comprehensive services for low-income people with disabilities, defined as those making less than 30 percent of their area median income.

Without the assistance, many of these people would likely be forced to move into less integrated, institutionalized, settings.

“HUD and HHS are working together to help states reduce health care costs, improving quality of life for persons with disabilities, and helping to end homelessness as we know it,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan in a news release.

In February 2013, 13 states received nearly $100 million in funding through the program.

2 responses to “HUD announces new rental assistance funding

  1. I’m glad that there are at least options for folks. People should have a “”voucher to live in the geographical area of their choosing along with finding and living in a residence that suits their needs. The failed system of “housing projects” shouldn’t even be an option anymore.

  2. Living in “projects” with other disabled people is NOT for everyone, and my last experience living in a non-project-based (corporate run) apartment complex for seniors and disabled was HORRIBLE, and HUD did NOTHING about it. You can’t just dump all disabled people in ONE place. Mentally-disabled people should be in SEPARATE facilities away from us normal folks with physical disabilities. Disabled persons with asthma, allergies, and immune system disorders should not be housed with cigarette and pot smokers. Those places like the one I lived in in Seattle do NOT enforce smoking policies. (And HUD may still get sued for their BULLSHIT!!)

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