HUD Archives: News Releases

Lee Jones
(877) 741-3281 ext. 5356
For Release
January 2, 2009

Part of national announcement of $650 million in section 202 and section
811 awards to help very low-income elderly & people with disabilities

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today announced the award of
$11,714,300 in capital advance and rent subsidy funds for the construction of 88 units of affordable housing for the very low-income elderly or persons with disabilities in Wilsonville, Aloha, Grants Pass and Springfield, Oregon.

The awards were part of an announcement of more than $650 million in awards nationwide under HUD's Section 202 supportive housing for the very low-income elderly ($525.9 million) and Section 811 supportive housing for very low-income persons with disabilities ($124.5 million). Under both programs, HUD funds provide non-profit developers interest-free capital advances to produce the housing units, rental assistance and supportive services for the
income-eligible residents.

"These grants will help thousands of our nation's very low-income elderly and persons with disabilities find decent housing that they can afford," said HUD Secretary Steve Preston. "Neither group should ever have to worry about being able to find a safe place to live."

Section 202, Supportive Housing for the Elderly Winner

Northwest Housing Alternatives has won $5,535,700 in interest-free capital advance funds and a three-year rent subsidy of $463,800 under HUD's Section 202 program which provides housing and supportive services for very low-income persons 62 years and older who can live independently. In addition to receiving capital advance funds to construct the housing, HUD's Section 202 program subsidizes the rents of senior citizens so they can limit their housing costs to only pay 30 percent of their incomes for rent. Northwest Housing Alternatives will use the HUD
funds to build and operate 45 units of housing in Wilsonville. An additional 55 units will be funded through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program.

Section 811, Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities Winners

The other three Oregon winners - Sequoia Mental Health Services, Options for Southern Oregon, Inc. and
Sheltercare - are receiving funds under HUD's Section 811, supportive housing for low-income persons with
disabilities program. Like HUD's Section 202 program, the Section 811 program provides nonprofit developers with
both an interest-free capital advance and rent subsidies and eligible residents pay 30 percent of their income for
rent and the federal government will pay the rest.

However, Section 811 housing usually is smaller, newly constructed group homes. Households must have one or
more very low-income adults with a physical or developmental disability or living with chronic mental illness. The
term "person with disabilities" may also include two or more people with disabilities living together, or one or more persons with disabilities living with one or more live-in attendants. 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.

  • Sequoia Mental Health Services will receive a $1,862,800 Section 811 capital advance and a three-year, $147,000 rent subsidy to construct 14 one-bedroom units and a resident manager's unit as part of the organization's new service center in Aloha.
  • Options for Southern Oregon will receive a $1,441,900 capital advance and a three-year $116,100 rent
    subsidy to construct 11 units for adults with chronic mental illness and a resident manager's apartment in
    Grants Pass.
  • Sheltercare will receive a $1,977,500 capital advance and a three-year, $168,900 rent subsidy to build 16
    units for adults with chronic mental illness in Springfield. The complex is intended to serve as the first phase
    of a planned "urban village" in between Springfield's downtown and nearby residential areas.


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 Internet


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