HUD Expands Affordable Housing for Persons With Disabilities

October 10, 2019

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced this week that it is allocating $112 million to expand the supply of permanent affordable housing to low-income people with disabilities. Funding is available through the Section 811 program.

About half of the new funding will go toward the development of new supportive housing for people with disabilities. About $37 million also will go toward rental assistance, which will be available through eligible housing agencies.

“Very simply, we need more permanent supportive housing to assist people living with disabilities,” says HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “The funding will support existing developments and, for the first time in nearly a decade, help to produce new affordable housing at a time we need it the most.”

Federal Housing Commissioner Brian Montgomery said the agency is seeking to fund “innovative and efficient” housing that combine form and function with the appropriate supportive service this population needs. “Our goal is to support affordable housing developments that allow persons with disabilities to live as independently as possible in their own communities,” he says.

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