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CUOMO ANNOUNCES $7.2 MILLION IN HOUSING ASSISTANCE TO GROUPS IN NEVADA FOR SENIOR CITIZENS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
WASHINGTON - Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo today awarded non-profit groups in Nevada $7.2 million to create 82 apartments for poor senior citizens and people with disabilities, and to provide rental assistance subsidies for five years to people living in the apartments.
An estimated 103 people will live in the low-rent apartments in Nevada. There will be about 75 senior citizens living in 60 apartments, and about 28 people with disabilities living in 22 apartments.
"Too many older Americans struggling to get by on fixed incomes and too many people with disabilities who may be unable to work just don't have the money to pay for rising housing costs," Cuomo said. "HUD helps these people get housing they desperately need. We keep them out of nursing homes where they don't belong and out of slum housing."
Cuomo announced the grants on a telephone news conference along with Senator Richard Bryan, Senator Harry Reid and Congresswoman Shelly Berkley.
"Safe, affordable and decent housing for many of our elderly residents is a growing problem," Senator Bryan said. "This exciting project will provide new and affordable housing opportunities for seniors in our community who are living on a fixed income. The Salvation Army, HUD and Secretary Cuomo should all be congratulated for their efforts to provide a new housing solution for many of North Las Vegas' seniors."
“This grant money will offer disabled and elderly persons, who are trying to get by on a fixed income, peace of mind knowing they have somewhere to call home,” Senator Reid said. “Additionally, because federal funds will be combined with county and city funds, these projects will generate a significant level of local support and an opportunity for community involvement.”
Cuomo said that the assistance is part of $792 million that HUD is awarding this week in affordable housing assistance for senior citizens and people with disabilities with very low incomes in 44 states and Puerto Rico.
The assistance around the country will create 8,943 subsidized apartments for an estimated 11,180 senior citizens and people with disabilities. Nationally, a total of 7,142 of the apartments will house about 8,930 senior citizens, and the remaining 1,801 apartments will house about 2,250 people with disabilities.
Most of the apartments funded by the grants will be newly constructed with the HUD funds, but some will be existing units that will be purchased, and rehabilitated when necessary.
Here is where the assistance will go in Nevada under HUD's Section 202 Program to house the elderly and under the Section 811 Program to house people with disabilities:
Households must be classified as having very low incomes - defined as no more than 50 percent of area median income - to be eligible for the housing assistance. However, most people who live in housing funded by the Section 202 and Section 811 assistance have incomes of less than 30 percent of the area median. Median income varies by metropolitan area, but on a national basis 30 percent of median income works out to about $10,000 a year for one person and about $11,500 annually for a two-person household.
People living in the apartments will pay 30 percent of their income for rent, with HUD subsidies paying for the remainder.
The Section 202 Program helps expand the supply of affordable housing and also provides supportive services for the elderly. These services include cleaning, cooking and transportation to allow older Americans to live as independently as possible in their own apartments. Grant recipients receive capital advances to construct, rehabilitate or acquire housing. Repayment of the capital advance is not required as long as the housing remains available for at least 40 years and is occupied by very low-income people 62 years of age or older. Eligible grant recipients include private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives.
The Section 811 Program allows people with disabilities to live independently by increasing the supply of rental housing with supportive services and related facilities. As with the 202 Program, Section 811 grantees receive capital advances to construct, rehabilitate or acquire housing. Eligible applicants are very low-income people with a disability.
In addition to awarding the new grants, Cuomo issued a HUD report that said more than 7.4 million senior citizen households pay more than they can afford for housing - defined as more than 30 percent of their income. Others live in housing that is substandard or fails to accommodate their physical limitations or needs for assistance.
The report - titled Housing Our Elders: A Report Card on the Housing Conditions and Needs of Older Americans - identifies serious challenges to four key dimensions of elderly housing conditions in America: adequacy, affordability, accessibility and appropriateness.
The report finds that three out of four Americans approaching retirement age own their own homes, and that their housing affordability problems, though significant, are less frequent than among younger households. However, the report also finds that reduced income and increasing frailty of older Americans can place at risk years of financial, physical and emotional investment in homes and neighborhoods.
Some of the other key findings of the report include:
Cuomo said HUD's new budget for Fiscal Year 2000 addresses many of the issues addressed in the report and provides funding to continue and expand elderly housing programs. These programs are part of the new Housing Security Plan for Older Americans and will enable HUD to develop a broad range of housing options - a continuum of care -- to meet the changing housing needs of senior citizens. These options include:
HUD FUNDING FOR HOUSING FOR SENIOR CITIZENS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
*Note: To calculate the approximate number of residents who will live in the new housing, multiply the number of units by 1.25.
Section 202 - Supportive Housing for the Elderly
Project Location: North Las Vegas, NV
The Sponsor was able to generate a significant level of local support for the proposed project. The local affiliate of the Salvation Army is also extremely active throughout Clark County in the area of supportive services for the elderly and other low-income populations. The extensive experience of the Sponsor in the development and operation of projects such as this will serve to assure that this new selection will be a success.
Section 811 - Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities
The Section 811 Capital Advance funds being awarded for this project will be combined with more than $250,000 in additional financial support from both the City of Henderson and Clark County, Nevada. The project sponsor, Accessible Space, Inc. of St. Paul, Minnesota, is nationally known for its ability to develop accessible housing for very low income physically disabled persons.
Content Archived: January 20, 2009
Content Archived: January 20, 2009