Federal officials say they plan to dole out millions of dollars to help thousands of people with disabilities access housing in the community.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is offering up $150 million in grants that they say will help some 18,000 people with disabilities ages 18 up to 62 across the country.

“Making sure people with disabilities have a decent, safe, and affordable place to call home is essential,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “This funding will help our local partners ensure residents with disabilities have the opportunity to fully enjoy their home while living independently.”

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Public housing agencies can apply for the grants to assist people with disabilities in their areas now through Sept. 5. HUD said it plans to award 300 grants ranging from $20,000 to $3 million.

As part of the federal Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Program, public housing agencies seeking the funding are encouraged to partner with health and human services organizations that can offer supports to people with disabilities who take part, federal housing officials said.

Applications will receive extra points if they include plans to use the money to help people with disabilities leave segregated settings, assist those at risk of institutionalization or aid individuals who have been or who are at risk of homelessness.

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