October 16, 2002
BUSH ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $800 MILLION TO HELP VERY LOW-INCOME ELDERLY AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
New York State Awarded $72 Million in Funding, with NYC Area Receiving $58 Million
NEW YORK - Housing and Urban Development Secretary Mel Martinez
announced this week more than $800 million
in housing assistance grants will be awarded this year to help the nation's very low-income elderly and people with disabilities. The grants include $700 million for the elderly and $176 million for people with disabilities. Of these amounts, New York State will receive $64,818,900 for the elderly and $7,604,100 for people with disabilities.
Locally, ten non-profit groups in the metropolitan area will receive grants totaling $58,542,500 -- $53,631,100 to assist the elderly and $4,911,400 to assist people with disabilities.
"The Bush Administration is committed to making sure our senior
citizens and people with disabilities have a decent, safe and affordable
place to live," Martinez said. "The money that we awarded today
is one way we can give back
to a generation of Americans who have given us so much."
Section 202 Grants (funding to assist very low-income elderly)
In addition to funding the construction and rehabilitation of projects to create apartments, HUD 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, this means an income of less than $19,040 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 (funding to assist very low-income people with disabilities)
This housing, most of which will be newly constructed, typically is small apartment buildings for no more than 14 people, group homes for three to four people per home, or condominium units. Residents will pay 30 percent of their 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 $11,025, and a
two-person household will have an income of about $12,600.
HUD provides the 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.
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, 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.