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HUD and HHS Partner to Provide Permanent Housing and Services to Low-Income Americans with Disabilities

February 12, 2013

Today the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Health and Human Services announced nearly $98 million in funding for 13 state housing agencies to provide rental assistance for low-income Americans with disabilities through the Section 811 Project Rental Assistance Program. This program enables persons with disabilities who earn less than 30 percent of median income to live in integrated mainstream settings.  The state housing agencies are working closely with their state Medicaid and Health and Human Service counterparts to identify, refer, and conduct outreach to persons with disabilities who require long-term services and supports to live independently. 

“By working together, HUD and HHS are helping states to offer permanent housing and critically needed supportive services to offer real and lasting assistance to persons who might otherwise be institutionalized or living on our streets,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.  “We’re helping states reduce health care costs, improving quality of life for persons with disabilities, and ending homelessness as we know it.”

“Our nation is strongest when all our citizens are able to fully participate and contribute,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “This unique collaboration of federal and state agencies will enable thousands of Americans with disabilities to lead productive, meaningful lives in their communities.”

Read more of HUD's full press release and learn more about the recipients of this demonstration funding