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Nearly $98 million in rental assistance is headed to states to help thousands of people with disabilities live in the community.

The federal money is expected to fund 3,530 housing units in 13 states for people who require long-term services and supports to live independently, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said this week.

Housing agencies within the states are now working with Medicaid and Health and Human Services officials to identify very low-income individuals with disabilities who are in need of the rental assistance. Federal officials say they expect many people receiving the new funds to be transitioning out of institutions.

“Our nation is strongest when all our citizens are able to fully participate and contribute,” said Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. “This unique collaboration of federal and state agencies will enable thousands of Americans with disabilities to lead productive, meaningful lives in their communities.”

The rental assistance funds were made available under HUD’s Section 811 Project Rental Assistance Demonstration Program, which was established as part of a 2010 law in order to create community-based housing options for people with disabilities.

Thirty-five state housing agencies applied to participate in the first-ever distribution of money from the demonstration program, speaking to the heavy demand for housing assistance, according to officials at the Technical Assistance Collaborative, a nonprofit focused on promoting housing and community support services for those with disabilities.

Funds are headed to California, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington.

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Comments (9 Responses)

  1. Shirley says:

    Thanks to those who applied for Georgia! Southeast Georgia could really benefit from assistance with housing for our families and friends with disabilities. We greatly appreciate the forthcoming resources!

  2. Jan says:

    How do we know that the disabled population will actually receive this particular rental assistance? In rural Georgia my disabled son has never been able to even be added to the waiting list for a Section 8 Voucher. I am in my mid fifties and I fear he will continue to have to live with me until I’m gone. Then what? When applying for rental or housing assistance programs, there needs to be a way created for disabled applicants to only be competing against other disabled applicants for funding slots.

  3. gary holley says:

    I’m really amazed that Ohio isn’t mentioned here. How long was it posted and how to go about applying for it.

  4. Becky Carr says:

    This is wonderful and very badly needed.

  5. Sherry Scheider says:

    There are Disabled apts available for disabled people only. There may be a long waiting list depending on the area. Google Disabled Housing in your city or state. Hope this helps!

  6. derek says:

    Just another government fed spending dealing with the debt of16 trillion.sorry kids but this is bad more money on government program.

  7. Lisa Reineke Tsolis says:

    why aren’t any of the federal housing funds heading to Florida?

  8. Chris says:

    We sorely need funding for community living options here in South Carolina. We too have long waiting lists for vouchers. There are very few programs across our state that teach the disabled the necessary skills to live independently too. And, it is difficult to place an individual in an institution except in an emergency. Frankly, I am not surprised that S.C. is not on the list.

    To the gentleman who thinks its excessive government spending to fund housing programs for the disabled — you say that until you see disabled homeless citizens roaming your city streets (like in my SC town). Do you support what happens here — have them roam the street during the day and put them on cots in homeless shelters at night? Yes, 48% of our homeless are developmentally disabled, according our county’s survey of homelessness in my town. Shame on us. We can do better — even during fiscal crises.

  9. Brian says:

    If housing was available, how would we even find it? It took us over 2 years to find the home I am currently in, and while it isn’t ideal, it is wheelchair accessible… which is not the same as barrier free. I was amazed at how many landlords had no idea what wheelchair accessible even is. Many times we would go look at a place after talking on the phone to find steps up to the building, the apartment on the second or third floor with no elevator. Really? This is old thinking of not so long ago when we were in institutions, out of sight, out of mind. We have no need to actually ever leave our homes, right?

    This was my long winded way of saying that a GOOD database needs to be available to make it easy to locate these homes. It needs to be run by people who know what wheelchair accessible and barrier free mean.

    Also, these agencies who provide housing need to be prevented from being oppressive and power hungry. We have enough going on in our lives without these idiots making it worse. Also, enough of the hoop jumping. Let’s streamline the process.

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