HUD Awards $99M Nationwide Section 811 Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Funding
On September 4, 2018, The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $98.5 million to 285 local public housing authorities across the country in Section 811 Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher funding. This funding will provide permanent affordable housing to nearly 12,000 additional non-elderly persons with disabilities.
New Jersey received a total of $3,793,985 in funding to assist 373 persons with disabilities.
The Public Housing Authorities in New Jersey receiving funding include the:
- Newark Housing Authority – 79 vouchers,
- Elizabeth Housing Authority – 45 vouchers,
- Housing Authority of Jersey City – 50 vouchers,
- Bergen County Housing Authority – 35 vouchers,
- Gloucester County Housing Authority – 40 vouchers,
- Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey – 25 vouchers, and the
- New Jersey Department of Community Affairs – 99 vouchers
Monarch Housing Associates was proud to partner with – Elizabeth Housing Authority, Housing Authority of Jersey City and Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey – on their applications for Section 811 Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher funding. The three received a total of 120 of the states total of 373 vouchers.
The housing assistance announced today is provided through the HUD’s Section 811 Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Program. The Mainstream program provides housing vouchers to housing agencies to assist non-elderly persons with disabilities who are:
- transitioning out of institutional or other separated settings;
- at serious risk of institutionalization;
- homeless; or
- at risk of becoming homeless.
“HUD is committed to making sure people with disabilities have a decent, safe and affordable place to call home,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “Working closely with our local partners, we help residents with disabilities live independently and fully enjoy the use of their homes.”
The 811 Program helps to further the goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act by helping persons with disabilities live in the most integrated setting. The program also encourages partnerships with health and human service agencies with a demonstrated capacity to coordinate voluntary services and supports to enable individuals to live independently in the community.
The Technical Assistance Collaborative Resource Center on Supportive Housing shares that The Section 811 Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Funding program is a HUD supportive housing program that assists the lowest income people with significant and long-term disabilities to live independently in the community by providing affordable housing linked with voluntary services and supports. According to the Section 811 statute, the purpose of Section 811 is “to enable persons with disabilities to live with dignity and independence within their communities by expanding the supply of supportive housing that:
- Is designed to accommodate the special needs of such persons;
- Makes available supportive services that address the individual health, mental health and other needs of such persons; and
- Promotes and facilitates community integration for people with significant and long-term disabilities.”