U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development allots $150 million to assist persons with disabilities to transition into homes, communities


Washington D.C.: Some vacant properties across the nation could be utilized by states to assist individuals with disabilities due to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announcing a $150 million grant for rental assistance to 25 State Housing Agencies.


“Section 811 Project Rental Assistance” assists persons with disabilities who earn less than 30 percent of the medium income for the area in which they reside to live in integrated housing. It is collaboration between HUD and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).


If a vacant property is to the standards needed to accommodate a person with particular disabilities, it could qualify to be used to supply housing for those persons seeking to transition from an institutional setting into the communities they come from.


The 25 states receiving grant funds are: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin.

Fund allotments for states range from $2 million to $12 million, for a total $150,369,989 doled out.


"Communities and families are stronger when all citizens have the opportunity to fully participate and contribute to society," said HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell in a HUD press release. "By providing permanent housing as well as access to needed supportive services, these grants are helping to fulfill the promise of productive, meaningful lives in their communities for people with disabilities."


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