NJ Receives $5M to House Very Low-Income Disabled Households

206 Vouchers Will Provide Supportive Housing

Supportive HousingAs part of a recent Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding announcement, New Jersey received 206 rental vouchers worth $5,099,229.

The New Jersey Housing Mortgage Finance Authority (HMFA) was one of twenty-five state agencies across the country to receive Section 811 Funding.

This funding will provide permanent affordable rental housing to 206 New Jersey residents with disabilities who are moving from a state institution or at risk of institutionalization.

Nationally, HUD awarded $150 million nationally in Section 811 Project Rental Assistance funds (PRA) to provide permanent homes and services to extremely low-income persons with disabilities. Permanent affordable rental housing and needed supportive services will be provided to nearly 4,600 households who have extremely low-income persons with disabilities, many of whom hope to transition out of institutional settings back into the community.

In New Jersey, the vouchers will be used to provide rental assistance to Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) and multi-family projects.

“Governor Christie is committed to helping integrate people with special needs into community life as much as possible. This federal funding will help the state accomplish this worthwhile goal, The Department of Community Affairs is committed to getting eligible New Jerseyans the housing and supportive services they need to live independently.”

Said New Jersey’s Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Richard E. Constable, III.

“We have a social responsibility to provide permanent supportive housing for individuals with disabilities who can live on their own yet are unnecessarily institutionalized or face homelessness. Now, more of these deserving residents will have the opportunity to live in environments that offer them an independent lifestyle and access to supportive services.”

Said NJHMFA Executive Director Anthony L. Marchetta.

The 4,584 housing units that the funding is expected to produce across the country is more than four times the number produced with FY10 and FY11 funds before Congress passed the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act of 2010. That legislation reformed the Section 811 program. In September 2010, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez sponsored this critical legislation.

Thirty-five state housing agencies submitted applications in response to the FY 2013 PRA Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) published on March 4, 2014, an indicator of the enormous demand within the states for integrated supportive housing units.

Monarch Housing Associates prepared the application as a consultant for NJHMFA.

“The revitalized Section 811 program is showing to be one of the few resources available to produce significant numbers of new, affordable housing resource for people with disabilities who are in institutions or are chronically homeless, stakeholders should continue to educate policy makers about this program as a critical tool to help states address the affordable housing crisis facing people with disabilities.”

Stated Kevin Martone, Executive Director of Technical Assistance Collaborative.

Click here for DCA’s press release.

Click here for the HUD press release.

Click here for more information about the Section 811 (PRA) program.