HUD Reg. VI-09-10
| For Release
February 3, 2009
HUD ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $33 MILLION TO HELP HOUSE VERY LOW-INCOME ELDERLY AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN TEXAS
Austin, El Paso, Houston, Plano, Rosenberg, San Antonio and Tyler Awarded Grants
FORT WORTH - Very low-income senior citizens and persons with disabilities in seven Texas cities will be able to find affordable housing thanks to $33,093,100 in grants announced today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The funding will provide non-profit developers interest-free capital advances to produce accessible housing, offer rental assistance, and provide supportive services for the elderly and persons with disabilities through HUD's Section 202 and Section 811 grant programs. Nationally, $650 million in grants was awarded. A list of grantees and award amounts follows.
Section 202 Capital Advance ($525.9 million nationwide to assist very low-income elderly)
HUD's Section 202 Capital Advance Program expands the supply of affordable housing with supportive services for
the elderly. It provides very low-income persons 62-years and older with the opportunity to live independently in an environment that provides the services they need. In addition to funding the construction, acquisition, and rehabilitation of multifamily developments, 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.
Section 811 Capital Advance ($124.5 million nationwide to assist very low-income people with disabilities)
Housing constructed using interest-free capital advances under HUD's Section 811 Program are primarily used in smaller newly constructed buildings, typically group homes for three to four people, or condominium units. Eligible residents pay 30 percent of their income for rent and the federal government will pay the rest. Households must
have one or more very low-income adult with 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.
HUD provides the Section 202 and Section 811 funds to non-profit organizations in two forms:
- Capital Advances. This is funding that covers the cost of developing, acquiring, or rehabilitating the development.
- Project Rental Assistance Contract (PRAC). This is funding that goes to each development to cover the difference between the residents' contributions toward rent and the HUD-approved cost of operating the project.
Texas grantees follow:
Section 202 - Supportive Housing for the Elderly
|Project Location:||El Paso, TX|
|Non-Profit Sponsor:||Ev Luth Good Samaritan Soc.|
|Three-year rental subsidy:||$392,400|
|Number of units:||40|
The funds will be used to construct 40 one-bedroom units for very-low income elderly persons. The project will be comprised of a three-story apartment building served by elevators and internal fire stairs. The building is intended to provide various opportunities for social interaction and recreation consisting of community room with party kitchen, entry lobby area used for conversations, waiting area for transportation services, and reception area for visitors and other similar functions. There will also be a sitting room/library. Contact: Shannon Clark, (605) 362-2289.
|Project Location:||Houston, TX|
|Non-Profit Sponsor:||Avenue Community Development Corporation|
|Three-year rental subsidy:||$485,100|
|Number of units:||49|
Project Description :
Fulton Gardens will be a 49 unit, free standing, four story structure which will be located at 3724 Fulton Street, Houston TX, 77009. The 49 units will consist of 48 one-bedroom units reserved for very low-income elderly persons, and one two-bedroom unit reserved for the manager. The site is directly across the street from Moody Park, the largest park in the Near Northside community. The site's central location is in close proximity to several service providers and easy access to the City's freeway system. Contact: Jason Holonbeck, (713) 864-8099.
|Project Location:||Plano, TX|
|Non-Profit Sponsor:||Plano Community Home Sponsor, Inc.|
|Three-year rental subsidy:||$732,600|
|Number of units:||73|
The funds will be used to construct 72 one-bedroom units for very-low income elderly persons and a two-bedroom unit for a resident manager. The project will be comprised of two 3-story buildings with elevators and internal fire stairs. The Section 202 units will be Phase II. The design provides various opportunities for social interaction/recreation by the residents: community room, entry lobby, wellness center, and library. The second building, Phase III, will be 42 one-bedroom units and 13 two-bedroom units to be funded with housing tax credits. Contact: Lee Ann Hubanks, (972) 423-6058.
|Project Location:||San Antonio, TX|
|Non-Profit Sponsor:||Merced Housing Texas|
|Three-year rental subsidy:||$392,100|
|Number of units:||42|
The funds will be used to construct 42 one-bedroom units for very-low income elderly persons. The project will consist of 5 single story buildings plus a community building. Each unit will have its own private entrance and green space in front. The property will have full perimeter fencing with controlled access gates and two community garden spaces. The units meet accessibility requirements and will be energy efficient. Additional funding sources for the project include $580,000 in HUD HOME funds. Contact: Susan Sheenan, (210) 281-0234.
|Project Location:||Tyler, TX|
|Non-Profit Sponsor:||The Salvation Army|
|Three-year rental subsidy:||$722,400|
|Number of units:||72|
The funds will be used to construct one-bedroom units for very-low income elderly persons and a two-bedroom unit for a resident manager. The building is comprised of a three-story apartment building served by elevators and
internal fire stairs. The building designed will provide opportunities for social interaction. Coordinated transportation will provide both an 8-passenger van as well as a 15-passenger bus for the use by residents. The transportation service will enable residents to attend religious services, shop, and visit doctors. Contact: John Hazelroth,
Section 811 - Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities
|Project Location:||Austin, TX|
|Non-Profit Sponsor:||UCP of Texas|
|Three-year rental subsidy:||$74,700|
|Number of units:||8|
UCP Texas will acquire 6, one-bedroom and 2, two-bedroom fully-accessible condominiums and make them available
to very low-income people with physical and/or developmental disabilities. Features will include lever door handles, wider doors, roll-in showers, lower counter heights, under-sink wheelchair access, and energy efficient appliances with front controls. The proposed units will be scattered throughout a larger condominium development allowing the residents with disabilities to be fully integrated into the community. Contact: Jean Langendorf, (512) 472-8696.
|Project Location:||El Paso, TX|
|Non-Profit Sponsor:||TVP Non-profit Corporation|
|Co-Sponsor:||Opportunity Center for the Homeless|
|Three-year rental subsidy:||$137,400|
|Number of units:||15|
The funds will be used to construct 14 one-bedroom resident units for the very-low income persons with physical disabilities and chronically mentally ill. There will be a two-bedroom unit for a resident manager with a small office
plus community rooms. The project will be built in a three-story configuration. The site will readily facilitate level access between the building and parking areas. The building will be completely ADA and UFAS compliant, intended to facilitate accessibility issues of universality and visitability. Contact: David Gillooly, (915) 887-0899.
|Project Location:||Rosenberg, TX|
|Non-Profit Sponsor:||Texana Center|
|Three-year rental subsidy:||$141,600|
|Number of units:||15|
The funds will be used to construct fourteen one-bedroom units for very low-income persons with chronic mental illness and a two-bedroom manager unit. The housing will include Energy Star appliances, a laundry facility and community room with kitchen. Units will be housed in four single-story buildings configured around a courtyard to encourage social interaction. A barrier-free design will enable mobility. Accessible design elements and the availability of supportive services will allow residents to live as independently as possible. Contact: George Patterson,