November 20, 2003
BUSH ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $ 740 MILLION TO HELP VERY LOW-INCOME ELDERLY AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
WASHINGTON - Housing and Urban Development Secretary Mel Martinez today announced that more than $740 million in housing assistance grants will be awarded this year to help the nation's very low-income elderly and people with disabilities. The grants include $593 million for the elderly and $146 million for people with disabilities.
"This Administration is committed to making sure our senior citizens and people with disabilities have opportunities for decent, safe and affordable places to live," Martinez said. "The money that we awarded today will go a long way toward achieving that goal."
Section 202 Grants (funding to assist very low-income elderly)
In addition to funding the construction and rehabilitation of projects to create apartments, HUD grants will subsidize rents for five years so that residents will pay only 30 percent of their adjusted incomes as rent.
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. Nationally, this means an income for a one-person household of less than $ 19,775 a year.
HUD provides two forms of Section 202 funds to non-profit groups:
advances. This money covers the cost of developing the housing. It does not
need to be repaid if the housing is available for occupancy by very low-income
seniors for at least 40 years.
- Project rental assistance. This money covers the difference between the resident's contribution toward rent and the cost of operating the project.
Section 811 Grants (funding to assist very low-income people with disabilities)
most of which will be newly constructed, typically is small apartment buildings,
group homes for three to four people per home, or condominium units. Residents
will pay 30 percent of their adjusted income for rent and the federal government
will pay the rest.
The grants are awarded under HUD's 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. The program allows persons with disabilities to live independently in their communities by increasing the supply of rental housing with the availability of supportive services.
To be classified as "very low-income," a household income cannot exceed 50 percent of the area median income. However, most households that receive Section 811 assistance have an income less than 30 percent of the area median. Generally, this means that a one-person household will have an annual income of about $11,865
HUD provides the Section 811 funds to non-profits in two forms:
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 project.
the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly
among minorities, creating affordable housing opportunities for low income Americans,
supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living
with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development as
well as enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD
and its programs is available on the Internet.
Note to editors: A detailed state-by-state breakdown of individual grant summaries is available on the Internet.