HUD Awards $99 Million to Provide Housing for Disabled
People with disabilities across the United States will be better able to access affordable housing thanks to additional federal funding. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $98.5 million last September to local public housing authorities across the U.S. This additional funding aims to provide permanent affordable housing to nearly 12,000 additional persons with disabilities between the ages of 18 and 62.
The funding is being provided through the HUD's Section 811 Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Program. This program provides money to housing agencies to assist non-elderly persons with disabilities who are transitioning out of an institution setting; at serious risk of institutionalization; homeless; or at risk of becoming homeless.
"HUD is committed to making sure people with disabilities have a decent, safe and affordable place to call home," says HUD Secretary Ben Carson. "Working closely with our local partners, we help residents with disabilities live independently and fully enjoy the use of their homes."
HUD's Section 811 Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Program supports the Americans with Disabilities Act by helping persons with disabilities live in housing that is integrated with society. It encourages local housing agencies to partner with health and human services agencies so that people with disabilities can live independently in the community.