HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 10-07-13
Rhonda Siciliano
(617) 994-8355
For Release
July 13, 2010


BOSTON - Senior citizens in Vergennes will soon be able to find additional affordable housing, thanks to more than $1.3 million in housing assistance announced today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
(HUD). Addison County Community Trust has been awarded $1,355,200 to provide eight units of housing in
Vergennes. To read a detailed summary of the grant, visit HUD's website.

The funding is part of $550 million awarded nationwide that will provide interest-free capital advances to non-profit developers so they can produce accessible housing, offer rental assistance, and provide supportive services for the elderly and persons with disabilities.

"The Obama Administration is committed to making sure our senior citizens and persons with disabilities have opportunities to live in decent, affordable homes," said HUD New England Regional Administrator Richard A. Walega. "Neither of these groups should ever have to worry about being able to find a safe place to live."

Section 202 Capital Advance

HUDs Section 202 Capital Advance Program expands the supply of affordable housing with supportive services for
the elderly. It provides very low-income elderly persons 62 years of age or older with the opportunity to live independently in an environment that provides support services to frail elderly resident.

In addition to funding the construction, acquisition, and rehabilitation of multifamily developments, HUDs Section
202 program also provides Project Rental Assistance Contract (PRAC) funds to subsidize the rents so that residents only pay 30 percent of their adjusted incomes.

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. In Addison County, based on 50 percent of the area median family income with an applicable adjustment for household size, a one-person household would need to have an income equal to or less than $23,300 a year.

HUD provides the Section 202 funds to non-profit organizations in two forms:

  • Capital Advances. This is funding that covers the cost of developing, acquiring, or rehabilitating the development. Repayment is not required as long as the housing remains available for occupancy by very
    low-income elderly persons for at least 40 years under Section 202.

  • 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.


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