HUD Selects Washington State to Participate in the First Ever Section 811 Rental Assistance Demonstration Project

Posted by Pam Blanton on February 14, 2013

From The Technical Assistance Collaborative

“Too many people with disabilities are living in institutions or are homeless because they cannot afford housing. TAC applauds HUD and HHS for their effort to bring together integrated, affordable housing and services designed to support individuals in the community,” stated Kevin Martone, Executive Director of TAC.  

On February 12, 2013, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it had preliminarily selected 13 states to participate in the first ever Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities Project Rental Assistance (PRA) Demonstration. This new Section 811 Demonstration is designed to assist state housing agencies to expand integrated supportive housing opportunities for people with the most significant and long term disabilities, and was the centerpiece of the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act of 2010.

“This is an incredibly important day for the disability community — particularly for 3,530 people with the most significant and long term disabilities who are institutionalized or homeless but will soon be living in integrated, affordable housing because of the revitalized Section 811 program. TAC and the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Housing Task Force are enormously grateful to the Melville Charitable Trust for their vision, and their unwavering commitment to the permanent supportive housing approach, which made today’s HUD Section 811 Demonstration funding awards possible,” stated Ann O’Hara, Associate Director of TAC.  READ MORE