SECTION 811 PROGRAM
Visit TAC's Resource Center on Supportive Housing for up-to-the-minute information on HUD's implementation of the Section 811 Program, as well as state-of-the-art resources for state officials and other supportive housing stakeholders as they face new challenges and opportunities for ensuring community living for people with disabilities.
Section 811 Program
The Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act of 2010 modernized and reformed HUD's Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities Program, creating the opportunity to develop thousands of new permanent supportive housing (PSH) units integrated within affordable housing properties every year.
Integrated supportive housing approaches are increasingly important as they are responsive to the community integration mandates within the 1999 U.S. Supreme Court's Olmstead decision, a landmark disability rights case which affirms the right of people with disabilities to live in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs. Expansion of integrated supportive housing also directly relates to several new initiatives in the Affordable Care Act, such as the expanded Money Follows the Person (MFP) Initiative.
The innovative Section 811 reforms are intended to promote a national expansion of integrated supportive housing by fostering partnerships among state housing and health and human service agencies to leverage mainstream affordable housing, Medicaid, and related community-based support services resources, and to ensure people with disabilities most in need can access these new housing opportunities. The most significant innovation is the new Section 811 Project Rental Assistance (PRA) option which - for the first time - provides cost-effective PRA subsidies directly to state housing agencies.
In February 2013, HUD awarded $98 million in Section 811 PRA grant awards to 13 states to create 3,530 new integrated PSH units. HUD announced the award of another $150 million in March 2015 to 24 states plus the District of Columbia. Of the 43 states who have applied for Section 811 PRA program funding, 29 (or 57% of states and the District of Columbia) will now be administering the program, with over 7,500 units total anticipated.
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