January 5, 2006
HUD ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $12.9 MILLION TO HELP VERY LOW-INCOME ELDERLY AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN CONNECTICUT
It will soon be easier for thousands of senior citizens and people with disabilities to find affordable housing, thanks
to more than $710 million in housing assistance announced today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Four projects in Connecticut were awarded grants totaling $12,988,700 which will help the very low-income elderly and people with disabilities find decent, safe housing that they can afford (See attached list of grant recipients and project summaries).
"Our senior citizens have given us so much, and Americans with disabilities make remarkable contributions to our society every day. Neither group should ever have to worry about being able to afford a decent place to live," said Taylor Caswell, HUD's New England Regional Director. "The grants we are announcing today will go a long way
toward achieving that goal."
The funding awarded under the Section 202 program � funding to assist the very low-income elderly, and the Section 811 program � funding to assist people with disabilities.
Section 202 Grants
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 five 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 $20,300 a year.
HUD provides two forms of Section 202 funds to non-profit groups:
- Capital advances. This money covers the cost of developing the housing. It does not need to be repaid
if the housing is available for occupancy by very low-income seniors for at least 40 years.
- Project rental assistance. This money covers the difference between the resident's contribution toward
rent and the cost of operating the project.
Section 811 Grants
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 $12,180.
HUD provides the 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 people
- 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 as
well as enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet and espanol.hud.gov.
Section 202 and 811 Grants in Connecticut
Section 202 - Supportive Housing for the Elderly
Project Location: Fairfield, CT
Non-Profit Sponsor: Mutual Housing Association of SW CT
Capital Advance: $1,288,400
Five-year rental subsidy: $213,500
Number of units: 10
Project Description: The funds will be used to construct a one story "L" shaped building with the main entrance,
lobby, and offices all located at the intersection of the wings. The building will consist of 10-one bedroom dwelling units. Three (3) of the proposed units will be handicapped accessible, and the remaining seven (7) will be fully handicapped adaptable for the frail elderly. Other features of the dwelling unit floor plan design include a common laundry room and community room. Residents will also have access to an outside recreation area.
Project Location: Niantic, CT
Non-Profit Sponsor: AHEPA National Housing Corp.
Capital Advance: $6,442,400
Five-year rental subsidy: $1,067,500
Number of units: 50
Project Description: The funds will be used to construct a 3-story apartment facility for elderly residents. The
design includes 50 one-bedroom/one-bath units. The site plan is designed with a common main entrance drive and
exit with adjacent parking areas from the Phase One facility. The common areas will include a community room with kitchen, exercise room, library, meeting room, arts & craft room and laundry facilities. Additional common areas proposed are Management Office, Public Restrooms and Maintenance Area.
Section 811 - Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities
Project Location: Hartford, CT
Non-Profit Sponsor: Broad-Park Development Corporation, Inc.
Capital Advance: $1,617,600
Five-year rental subsidy: $256,500
Number of units: 12
Project Description: The proposed development consists of new construction of 12 one-bedroom independent living units in a single structure. The funding will provide independent living for twelve people who are chronically mentally ill. Each apartment has a kitchen, living room, and bathroom. In addition, the project will contain common space including a lobby and community room.
Project Location: New Haven, CT
Non-Profit Sponsor: Fellowship Place, Inc.
Capital Advance: $1,803,800
Five-year rental subsidy: $299,000
Number of units: 14
Project Description: The proposed development consists of substantial rehabilitation of 14 one-bedroom independent living units for the chronically mentally ill. Each apartment has a kitchen, living room, and bathroom. The project is
in close proximity or easily accessible to medical facilities and other amenities.