HUD Voucher Program To Expand Affordable Housing Opportunities

Jerry Ashworth
November 26, 2019 at 09:24:21 ET
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As we prepare for Thanksgiving this Thursday, here’s something to be thankful for. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) last week awarded $131.5 million — some $30 million more than last year — in federal fiscal year (FY) 2019 funding to 325 local public housing authorities under the Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Program, which assists non-elderly persons with disabilities, particularly those who are transitioning out of institutional or other separated settings; at serious risk of institutionalization; currently experiencing homelessness; previously experienced homelessness and currently a client in a permanent supportive housing or rapid rehousing project; or at risk of becoming homeless.

“At HUD, we’re committed to ensuring people with disabilities have a decent, safe and affordable place to live,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “The funding announced today allows our local partners to continue helping residents with disabilities live independently.”

In comparison, HUD awarded more than $98 million in funding to 286 public housing authorities in FY 2018. The agency expects that the FY 2019 funding will provide affordable housing to about 15,363 additional non-elderly persons with disabilities in 46 states and the District of Columbia.

HUD stated that targeting resources to assist eligible persons with disabilities and their families who are transitioning out of institutional or other segregated settings or at serious risk of institutionalization will help further the goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). One key goal under the ADA is to ensure services, programs and activities by public entities are provided in the most integrated setting appropriate to the needs of individuals with disabilities.

HUD also explained that the funding supports the goals of the Trump administration’s “Home Together: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness” initiative. Having a place to call home for the holidays is truly heartwarming.

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