|HUD No. 00-306|
|Further Information:||For Release|
|In the Washington, DC area: 202/708-0685||Monday|
|Or contact your local HUD office||October 23, 2000|
Mainstream Program Awards
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CUOMO AWARDS $85.7 MILLION IN HOUSING ASSISTANCE TO KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER AND HELP THE DISABLED
WASHINGTON Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo today awarded
$85.7 million for 8,500 housing assistance vouchers that housing agencies and non-profit organizations will use to keep families together and help persons with disabilities.
Some 4,380 vouchers will help bring families together or prevent the breakup of families who cannot afford adequate housing. People with disabilities will receive the remaining 4,120 vouchers.
The vouchers enable recipients to get apartments by paying generally no more than 30 percent of their income as rent; HUD pays the remainder.
"These vouchers provide some of America's neediest with the help they need to find housing," Cuomo said.
Cuomo said $61.1 million of the funding goes to the Mainstream Program, which helps very low-income people with disabilities obtain affordable private housing. The remaining $24.6 million is for the Family Unification Program, which provides vouchers to keep low-income families together. These families have children who have been or are about to be put into foster care by local social service agencies because of inadequate housing. These families are often involve single mothers who are homeless, battered women who have fled their homes to escape violence, and families living in housing unfit for children to occupy.
The funding will be distributed as follows:
Grant recipients are:
|District of Columbia||100||$848,867|