HUD Releases Notice of Funding for the Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities Program

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) combining funds for fiscal years 2013 and 2014 for the Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities program.  A total of $120 million will be awarded to states for grants ranging from $2 million to $12 million per state.  States will use these grants to create affordable, integrated housing linked with voluntary supportive services to assist people with significant disabilities to live in the community, in accordance with the innovative Section 811 model authorized under the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act of 2010.  Applications are due May 5, 2014.  More information is available at grants.gov (Docket No. FR-5700-N-28).  The Arc has strongly supported funding and implementation for the modernized Section 811 program.   Local advocates should begin working with their state housing, disability, and Medicaid agencies to encourage states to apply for this important new funding in support of state Olmstead initiatives and related community living efforts.