HUD No. 11-38
November 16, 2011
OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES $11.3 MILLION TO FUND HOUSING FOR VERY LOW-INCOME SENIORS AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES IN CONNECTICUT
HARTFORD - More very low-income senior citizens and persons with disabilities in Connecticut will have access to affordable supportive housing thanks to $11,341,800 in housing assistance announced today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These grants will help non-profit organizations produce accessible housing, offer rental assistance, and facilitate supportive services for the elderly and persons with disabilities.
The grant funding awarded under HUD's Sections 202 and 811 Supportive Housing programs will kick start
construction or major rehabilitation for more than 170 housing developments in 42 different states and Puerto Rico.
In Connecticut, more than 62 elderly households and persons with disabilities will be affordably housed with access
to needed services. A detailed summary of Connecticut grants can be found below.
"The Obama Administration is committed to helping our senior citizens and persons with disabilities find a decent, affordable place to live that is close to needed healthcare services and transportation," said Julie Fagan, HUD Connecticut Field Office Director. "Recent bipartisan changes to these two supportive housing programs will allow us to better serve some of our more vulnerable populations who would otherwise be struggling to find a safe and decent home of their own."
Enacted early this year with strong bipartisan support, the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act and the Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Act provided needed enhancements and reforms to both programs. Nonprofit grant recipients will now receive federal assistance that is better leveraged and better connected to state and local health care investments, allowing greater numbers of vulnerable elderly and disabled individuals to access the housing they need even more quickly.
Section 202 Capital Advances will provide $545 million nationwide to 97 projects in 42 States and Puerto. In addition to funding the construction, acquisition, and rehabilitation of multifamily developments, HUD's Section 202 program will also provide $54 million in rental assistance so that residents only pay 30 percent of their adjusted incomes. Section 202 provides very low-income elderly persons 62 years of age or older with the opportunity to live independently in an environment that provides support services to frail elderly resident.
Section 811 Capital Advances will provide $137 million nationwide to assist very low-income persons with
disabilities through 92 projects in 35 states. An additional $12.6 million will be available for project rental assistance contracts. Most of the housing supported through the Section 811 Program will be newly constructed, typically small apartment buildings, group homes for three to four persons, or condominium units that are integrated into the larger community. Residents will pay 30 percent of their adjusted income for rent and the federal government will pay the rest.
HUD's Section 811 program provides housing for households with one or more very low-income individuals with a disability. Under this program at least one person must be 18 years or older and have a physical or developmental disability or chronic mental illness. The program provides persons with disabilities the opportunity to live independently in their communities by increasing the supply of rental housing with the availability of supportive services.
HUD provides these funds to non-profit organizations in two forms:
- Capital Advances. This is funding that covers the cost of developing, acquiring, or rehabilitating the development. Repayment is not required as long as the housing remains available for occupancy by very low-income elderly persons for at least 40 years for (under Section 202) or very low-income persons with disabilities (under Section 811).
- Project Rental Assistance Contracts. This is funding that goes to each development to cover the difference between the residents' contributions toward rent and the cost of operating the project.
Residents must be "very low income" with household incomes less than 50 percent of their median for that area. However, most households that receive Section 811 or Section 202 assistance earn less than 30 percent of the median for their area. Generally, this means that a one-person household will have an annual income of about $13,500.
Section 202 - Supportive Housing for the Elderly
Project Location: Canaan, CT
Non-Profit Sponsor: Geer Corporation
Capital Advance: $1,622,700
Three-year rental subsidy: $150,600
Number of units: 10
Project Description: The funds will be used to construct 10 one-bedroom apartments in addition to an existing 24
unit, HUD Section 202 elderly housing development. Project amenities include a computer room, laundry room, multipurpose room with kitchenette, office, recycling and storage room. A lobby/lounge will be located adjacent to
the entrance for seating and socializing. The multipurpose room will be available for seminars and talks by visiting lecturers on health care issues, nutrition and other subjects. The office will be available for visiting nurses.
Project Location: Southington, CT
Non-Profit Sponsor: Mutual Housing Association of South Central CT
Capital Advance: $6,491,100
Three-year rental subsidy: $602,100
Number of units: 40
Project Description: The funds will be used to construct a three story structure consisting of 40 one-bedroom apartments with fully equipped kitchens, living and dining areas, private bathrooms and ample closet space. Building features include a central entrance lobby, lounge space, multi-media room, crafts room, community room with kitchen and a common laundry facility with lounge. The universal design principles utilized throughout the design of this project will help accommodate the changing needs of residents as they age-in-place.
Section 811 - Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities
Project Location: New London, CT
Non-Profit Sponsor: The Connection Fund, Inc
Capital Advance: $2,294,400
Three-year rental subsidy: $180,900
Number of units: 12
Project Description: The funds will be used to construct an apartment complex for 12 persons with chronic mental illness. The project consists of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units. The units are clustered in groups around the site. A community center will contain a large common room, offices, and a laundry room. The residents will have access to social services, employment assistance and training in life skills. The project will also create exterior areas for
walking, sitting and gardening. Mass transit, shopping and services are within walking distance.
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