|Region VI 06-50
November 7, 2006
BUSH ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $7.2 MILLION TO HELP VERY LOW-INCOME ELDERLY AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN ARKANSAS
Jonesboro, Little Rock, Pine Bluff and Monticello Awarded Grants
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Thousands of additional senior citizens and people with disabilities in Arkansas will soon be
able to find affordable housing, thanks to more than $633 million in housing assistance announced today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson today. Grantees in Arkansas received a total $7,227,000 (A list of individual grantees and amounts follows.)
"These grants will help the nation's very low-income elderly and people with disabilities find decent housing that they can afford," said Jackson. "Neither group should ever have to worry about being able to find a safe place to live."
Section 202 Grants ($511.9 million nationwide to assist very low-income elderly).
HUD's Section 202 grants program helps expand the supply of affordable housing with supportive services for the elderly. It provides very low-income elderly with options that allow them to live independently but in an environment that provides support activities such as cleaning, cooking, and transportation.
In addition to funding the construction and rehabilitation of projects to create apartments, HUD Section 202 grants will subsidize rents for three years so that residents will pay only 30 percent of their adjusted incomes as rent.
To be eligible for the assistance a household must be classified as "very low-income," which means an income less than 50 percent of the area median. Nationally, based on 50 percent of the national median family income with an applicable adjustment for household size, a one-person household would need to have an income equal to or less
than $20,850 a year.
Section 811 Grants ($121.3 million nationwide to assist very low-income people with disabilities).
This housing, most of which will be newly constructed, typically is small apartment buildings, group homes for three
to four people per home, or condominium units. Residents will pay 30 percent of their adjusted income for rent and
the federal government will pay the rest.
The grants are awarded under HUD's Section 811 program, which provides housing for households with one or more very low-income individuals, at least one of whom is at least 18 years old and has a disability, such as a physical or developmental disability or chronic mental illness. The term "person with disabilities" also includes two or more people with disabilities living together, and one or more persons with disabilities living with one or more live-in attendants. The program allows persons with disabilities to live independently in their communities by increasing the supply of rental housing with the availability of supportive services.
To be classified as "very low-income," a household income cannot exceed 50 percent of the area median income. However, most households that receive Section 811 assistance have an income less than 30 percent of the area median. Generally, this means that a one-person household will have an annual income of about $12,550.
HUD provides the Section 202 and Section 811 funds to non-profits in two forms:
- Capital advances. This is money that covers the cost of developing the housing. It does not need to be
repaid as long as the housing is available for at least 40 years for occupancy by very low-income seniors
(under Section 202) or very low-income people with disabilities (under Section 811).
- Project rental assistance. This is money that goes to each non-profit group to cover the difference
between the residents' contributions toward rent and the cost of operating the project.
HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development, and enforces the nation's fair housing laws.
Section 811 - Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities
Project Location: Little Rock, AR
Non-Profit Sponsor: Easter Seals Arkansas
Capital Advance: $1,135,900
Three-year rental subsidy: $114,000
Number of units: 15
Project Description: The funds will be used to construct 11 one-bedroom and three two-bedroom units for very
low-income persons who are physically and/or developmentally disabled. There will also be a two-bedroom manager's unit. The common area will house the office, maintenance facility, community room and laundry room. There will be a patio for outdoor activities. The property is located in a safe area close to shopping, medical facilities, and employment opportunities. Transportation will be available for the residents. The design and location of this complex will encourage and enable residents to lead more productive and independent lives.
Project Location: Little Rock, AR
Non-Profit Sponsor: Integrity, Inc.
Capital Advance: $639,900
Three-year rental subsidy: $65,100
Number of units: 8
Project Description: The funds will be used to construct three one-bedroom and five two-bedroom units for very
low-income persons who are developmentally disabled. Several features incorporated into the design will enhance
the ability of the occupants to lead more productive lives, and aid their ability to care for themselves. The
community space will house the office, laundry and maintenance facility. It will also provide space for recreational activities, small group meetings, and communal dining. Due to the rising cost of utilities, conservation measures
have been incorporated.
Project Location: Monticello, AR
Non-Profit Sponsor: Delta Counseling Associates, Inc.
Capital Advance: $767,000
Three-year rental subsidy: $81,300
Number of units: 10
Project Description: The funds will be used to construct six one-bedroom and four two-bedroom units for very low-income persons who are physically disabled. Community space is available to the residents in the multi-use OLM building. This building will house the office, laundry, and maintenance facilities. It will also provide community space for small group meetings, recreational activities and communal dining. Many amenities have been incorporated into
the overall design of the project that will assist in long term cost effectiveness and energy savings.