HUD Awards Vouchers

250 vouchers for non-elderly individuals with disabilities
and their families approved for NJ

U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced on October 1, 2010, that thousands of non-elderly Americans with disabilities will receive housing assistance to enable them to access affordable housing.  Public housing authorities across the U.S. will distribute approximately 4,300 rental assistance vouchers to this population.

The recipients in NJ were:

NEW JERSEYPublic Housing Authority
Funding
Amount
Vouchers Funded
Housing Authority of the City of Jersey City$1,826,760200
Hunterdon, County of, Division of Housing$489,07850

State Subtotal:
$2,315,838250



To read the full HUD press release and the full list of voucher wards click here.

The grants announced are part of the $40 million HUD made available last April to help public housing authorities across the country fund rental vouchers for non-elderly persons with disabilities.  PHAs could apply for funding under the following categories:

  • Category I – These vouchers will be used by non-elderly individuals with disabilities and their families access affordable housing in a community that adequately meets their needs.  Today’s announcement is for this category.
  • Category II – Up to 1,000 vouchers will be specifically targeted for non-elderly individuals with disabilities currently living in nursing homes and other health care institutions move into the community with rental assistance.  This category will be announced later this year.

Last year, as part of President Obama’s Year of Community Living initiative, HUD and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched a joint effort to provide housing support for non-elderly persons with disabilities.  The interagency collaboration is intended to allow persons with disabilities to live productive independent lives in their communities rather than in institutional settings.  This announcement represents the first phase of the joint effort.