The Arc Applauds $150 Million in New Funding for Affordable, Inclusive Housing for People with Disabilities

Last week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced awards totaling $150 million to 24 states and the District of Columbia to develop an estimated 4,584 units of inclusive, affordable supportive housing in the community for people with significant disabilities and extremely low incomes. HUD awarded the funds through the recently-modernized Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities Project Rental Assistance (PRA) program. The Section 811 PRA program is designed to assist state housing agencies to expand integrated, supportive housing opportunities for people with the most significant and long term disabilities, and was the centerpiece of the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act of 2010. The Arc applauds HUD for its continued progress in implementing this innovative model.

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  1. I’m thrilled that a housing task force was sent out to do evaluations & look at the needs of various states & prioritize them accordingly. What saddens me about it, is that they apparently didn’t make it past New Jersey into New York or they felt that New York didn’t have a need for it. I believe the last time I checked we had over 58,000 homeless people (includes single adults, children, teens, elderly & veterans). Of those 58,000 approximately 40% or 23,200 of them are disabled, including myself. Most of the 23.200 people did not choose to be homeless but it was their only choice. Some of them are like me; living with a chronic illness. I had a place of my own until I got an exacerbation of my illness that prevented me from going up & down stairs. The place where I was living was nothing but stairs, inside & outside. I spent 7 months inpatient between the hospital & nursing home & though the nursing home was supposed to find housing for me, they never did. Then they told me I had 30 days to sign over my social security disability benefits to them or they would have no choice but to discharge me on the 1st of the following month, whether I had a place to go or not. They discharged me the following month putting all my belongings in the lobby of the nursing home. I haven’t been stable since & I pay for it with my health every day. I can’t get into an apartment because there aren’t any programs available for me nor do I get enough from social security disability. My story isn’t much different from most others that you talk to. The system is skewed & is failing. Section 8 was originally created to be a temporary assistance program, if I remember correctly the maximum being 5 years total. Thus giving you the time & ability to get on your feet in order to be self sufficient. I know of people that have been on it for 30 years & then there are those that abuse the program by either holding onto their vouchers & not using them or they renew them so their kids or grandchildren can live in the apartment while they live in Florida. Nobody goes out to verify that the voucher & the person(s) living in the apartment are the same & the landlords don’t care as long as they get their rent.

    Maybe the right eyes will read this & maybe something I’ve said will make a difference & someone will finally see what has been happening but has just been too immersed within it all to realize what’s been happening. I know for a fact that one voice can make a change happen.

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