|HUD No. 00-281|
|Further Information:||For Release|
|In the Washington, DC area: 202/708-0685||Thursday|
|Or contact your local HUD office||October 5, 2000|
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HUD AWARDS $132 MILLION TO HELP PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES FIND HOMES
WASHINGTON U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo today announced nearly $132 million in grants that non-profit groups will use to create housing for about 1,600 people with disabilities.
Cuomo said that the funding, which will help provide nearly 1,500 homes for people capable of living independently, may be used to construct new housing, or acquire or rehabilitate existing housing. Some support services, such as counseling, advocacy and referral services, transportation, and assistance in obtain employment, may also be provided.
"People with disabilities shouldnt
have to struggle to find suitable housing," Cuomo said. "Our goal
at HUD is to make sure that all Americans live in homes that are affordable,
decent and safe."
The housing, most of which will be newly constructed, typically is small apartment buildings for no more than 18 people, group homes for three to four people per home, or condominium units. Cuomo said that residents will pay 30 percent of their income for rent and the federal government will pay the rest.
The grants were awarded under HUDs Section 811 program, which provides 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. The term "person with disabilities" also includes two or more people with disabilities living together, and one or more persons with disabilities living with one or more live-in attendants.
For a household to be classified as very low-income, its total income cannot exceed 50 percent of the area median income. However, most households that receive Section 811 assistance have an income equal to or less than 30 percent of the area median. Generally, this means that a one-person household will have an annual income of about $10,000, and a two-person household will have an income of about $11,500.
HUD provides the funds to non-profits in two
- Capital advances. This is money that covers
the cost of developing the housing. It does not need to be repaid as long
as the housing is available for at least 40 years for occupancy by very
low-income people with disabilities.
- Project rental assistance. This is money
that goes to each non-profit group to cover the difference between the
residents contributions toward rent and the cost of operating the
A total of 235 groups applied for funding announced today, with 144 groups in 39 states receiving the grant funding. Below is a breakdown of the Section 811 program grants awarded by state:
A summary of each project funded is attached to this release on the HUD website.