November 20, 2003
BUSH ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $740 MILLION TO HELP VERY LOW-INCOME ELDERLY AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
New York State to Receive Almost $50 Million in Grants
NEW YORK - Housing and Urban Development Secretary
Mel Martinez today announced that more than $740 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 $593 million for the elderly and $146 million for people with disabilities. New York
State will receive $39,977,100 to build 356 housing units for the elderly and $9,035,600 for 90 housing units for
people with disabilities. The grants are going to non-profit groups in the New York City metropolitan area as well
as northern and central New York.
"This Administration is committed to making
sure our senior citizens and people with disabilities have opportunities
for decent, safe and affordable places to live," Martinez said. "The money that we awarded today will go a long
way toward achieving that goal."
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 for a one-person household of less than $19,775 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.
rental assistance. This money covers the difference between the resident's
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, 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 $11,865
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
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.
Note to editors: A detailed state-by-state breakdown of individual grant summaries is available on HUD's website.