Health Association in New York State, Inc.
Community Connections, Spring 2003
HUD Helps Out
The Section 811 program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides funding to nonprofit organizations to develop rental housing with the availability of supportive services for very low- income adults with disabilities, and provides rent subsidies for the projects to help make them affordable. HUD provides interest-free capital advances to nonprofit sponsors to help them finance the development of rental housing such as independent living projects, condominium units and small group homes with the availability of supportive services for persons with disabilities.
HUD also provides project rental assistance; this covers the difference between HUD-approved operating cost of the project and the amount the residents pay – usually 30 percent of adjusted income. Each project must have a supportive services plan. Services may vary with the target population but could include case management, training in independent living skills and assistance in obtaining employment. However, residents can’t be required to accept any supportive service as a condition of occupancy.
For more information visit HUD’s website at: http://www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/mfh/progdesc/disab811.cfm.