N.C. Housing Finance Agency Wins $7 Million HUD Grant for Housing for People with Disabilities
WASHINGTON, DC (July 31, 2020) – Today, Congressman David Price (D-NC), Chairman of the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (T-HUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, announced that the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency (NCHFA) will soon be awarded $7 million from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s Section 811 Project Rental Assistance (PRA) program. This funding will support the creation of 188 housing units for low-income persons with disabilities transitioning from institutions or at risk of institutionalization. This is one of 11 awards nationwide. As T-HUD Chairman, Congressman Price has prioritized funding for the Section 811 program to assist individuals with disabilities.
“Individuals with disabilities, and especially those that are low-income, are disproportionately likely to face homelessness and housing insecurity. COVID-19 is only exacerbating this issue,” said Congressman Price, Chairman of the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee. “As T-HUD Chairman I’ve sought robust funding for the HUD Section 811 program. I’m proud of the great work that NCHFA conducts across our state to enhance housing opportunities for people with disabilities. Everyone deserves a safe and stable place to call home.”
“Affordability is one of the biggest barriers to housing for many persons with disabilities. The 811 grant will provide vitally needed dollars to help North Carolina as it continues in its efforts to move persons with disabilities into integrated community settings,” said Scott Farmer, Executive Director of the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency. “Our Agency appreciates Chairman Price’s longstanding support for affordable housing funding and is grateful to have this additional resource to assist North Carolinians whose needs are not currently being met.”
The Section 811 Project Rental Assistance Program assists states in providing supportive housing for individuals with disabilities. PRA funds are awarded to state housing agencies that set aside units in affordable housing projects whose capital costs are funded through Federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, Federal HOME funds, or other state, Federal and local funding sources. Housing agencies that receive this funding are required to partner with Medicaid and health and human services agencies that have the infrastructure available to conduct identification, outreach, and referral of extremely low-income people with disabilities to PRA units and ensure their access to long-term services and supports in the community.