HUD Announces $150 Million in Rental Assistance Grants to Expand Housing Options for People with Disabilities
Recently, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $150 million in Section 811 Project Rental Assistance funding to help low-income people with disabilities remain in community settings and avoid homelessness. The funding was awarded to 25 State Housing Agencies to support permanent affordable rental housing and needed supportive services for nearly 4,600 households, many of whom are hoping to transition out of institutional settings back to the community.
Quality, accessible, affordable housing is essential for people with disabilities receiving long-term services and supports in community settings. This program is the result of a partnership between HUD and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in which ACL has participated.
Arizona to Receive $2,950,000 in HUD Funds for Rental Assistance Grants to Expand Housing Options for People with Disabilities
The Arizona Department of Housing (ADOH) is happy to announce that their joint competitive application for the Section 811 Project Rental Assistance program (PRA) has been approved and will be operated by the Department of Economic Security/Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD). The Section 811 PRA program enables persons with disabilities who earn less than 30 percent of their area's median income to live in integrated, affordable housing.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded over $150,000,000 in rental assistance to 25 State Housing Agencies. Arizona received $2,950,000 of those funds for the Section 811 PRA program.
The ADOH and the DDD will provide permanent affordable rental housing and needed support services to 54 households. The ADOH will identify the apartment complexes which will be approximately four (4) or five (5). There will be a limit to the number of eligible members in a complex and they must be dispersed, not segregated, in one area. No more that 25% of the total available units in any given complex may be used for this program.
The DDD is establishing a team that will work collaboratively with the ADOH to implement all of the details, requirements, timeframes, etc. It is anticipated that referrals will begin to be accepted in the next 1-2 years.
If you receive any phone calls from families or community stakeholders about the details of the grant, please remind the caller that this was just announced and the specific information has not yet been received. Once the Division receives further information, there will be regular updates sent to you via the DDD Updates Newsletter and posted on the DDD website.