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.