Federal officials are offering up millions of dollars to increase the supply of affordable housing for people with disabilities.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said it’s making $75 million available to fund the development of new housing for this population.

Nonprofits will be able to tap into the funds to create “innovative permanent supportive housing models that will be at the forefront of design, service delivery and efficient use of federal resources,” the agency said.

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Groups that wish to be awarded the housing grants are being encouraged to partner with agencies or organizations that provide services and supports to help individuals live independently in the community.

“We’re seeking to fund innovative and efficient housing models that combine form and function — a pleasant and safe place to live, with the appropriate supportive services,” said Brian Montgomery, federal housing commissioner. “Our goal is to support affordable housing developments that allow persons with disabilities to live as independently as possible in their own communities.”

In addition, the Department of Housing and Urban Development also said that $37 million is now available in rental assistance for people with disabilities. Housing agencies that are working with state health and human services or Medicaid programs can apply for the funds.

This is the first time in nine years, that both programs — supporting rental assistance and the development of new homes — are being funded simultaneously, officials indicated.

“Very simply, we need more permanent supportive housing to assist persons living with disabilities,” said Ben Carson, secretary of housing and urban development. “The funding we offer today will support existing developments and, for the first time in nearly a decade, help to produce new affordable housing at a time we need it the most.”