|HUD No. 07-72
October 29, 2007
HUD ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $8.1 MILLION TO CREATE HOUSING FOR VERY LOW-INCOME ELDERLY AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN RHODE ISLAND
Funding part of $643 million awarded nationwide
It will soon be easier for senior citizens and people with disabilities in Rhode Island to find affordable housing, thanks to more than $8.1 million in housing assistance grants announced today by the U.S. Department of Housing and
"This Administration is committed to making sure our senior citizens and people with disabilities have opportunities
to find decent housing that they can afford," said Taylor Caswell, HUD Regional Director. "Neither group should ever have to worry about being able to find a safe place to live."
SWAP, Inc. in Providence is being awarded $3.1 million under HUD's Section 202 program to create 22 units of
housing for low-income seniors.
Church Community Housing Corporation in Little Compton is being awarded $2.8 million under HUD's Section 202 program to create 20 units of housing for low-income seniors.
HUD's Section 202 program helps expand the supply of affordable housing with supportive services for the elderly.
It provides very low-income elderly with options that allow them to live independently but in an environment that provides support activities such as cleaning, cooking, and transportation.
In addition to funding the construction and rehabilitation of projects to create apartments, HUD Section 202 grants will subsidize rents for three years so that residents will pay only 30 percent of their adjusted incomes as rent.
Spurwink/RI, in Cranston, is being awarded $1.3 million under HUD's Section 811 program to create 10 units of
housing for low-income people with disabilities.
House of Hope Community Development Corporation in Warwick is being awarded $766,400 under HUD's Section 811 program to create five units of housing for low-income people with disabilities.
The Section 811 program 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 rest. The funding creates 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 eligible for assistance under the Section 202/811 programs, household income cannot exceed 50 percent of
the area median income. In Rhode Island, the area median income is $68,300.
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 and espanol.hud.gov.
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.