HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 07-72
Kristine Foye
(617) 994-8218
For Release
October 29, 2007

Funding part of $124.8 million awarded nationwide

It will soon be easier for people with disabilities in New Haven to find affordable housing, thanks to more than $3 million in housing assistance grants announced by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

"This Administration is committed to making sure people with disabilities have opportunities to find decent housing
that they can afford," said HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson.

The competitive funding is awarded under HUD's Section 811 program, which allows persons with disabilities to live independently in their communities by increasing the supply of rental housing with the availability of supportive services. Residents will pay 30 percent of their adjusted income for rent and the federal government will pay the

Continuum of Care, Inc., is being awarded $1.6 million to create 10 two-bedroom units. Leeway, Inc., is being awarded $1.4 million to create 10 four-bedroom units.

The two developments created with this funding will provide 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.

To be classified as "very low-income," a household income cannot exceed 50 percent of the area median income.
In New Haven, the area median income is $72,600.

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
    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. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the
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NOTE: For more information on a specific project, please contact the grantee. For information on HUD's Section
811 programs, or other HUD services and programs, please contact Kristine Foye at (617) 994-8218.


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