HUD's Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities Program is a critical 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. The enactment of the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act of 2010 reformed Section 811, creating the opportunity to systematically develop thousands of new permanent supportive housing units integrated within affordable housing properties every year.
HUD Selects 13 States for FY 2012 Section 811 PRA Demonstration
On February 12, 2013, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that it had preliminarily selected 13 states to participate in the first ever Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities Project Rental Assistance (PRA) Demonstration. This new Section 811 Demonstration is designed to assist state housing agencies to expand integrated supportive housing opportunities for people with the most significant and long term disabilities, and was the centerpiece of the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act of 2010.
"This is an incredibly important day for the disability community - particularly for 3,530 people with the most significant and long term disabilities who are institutionalized or homeless but will soon be living in integrated, affordable housing because of the revitalized Section 811 program. TAC and the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Housing Task Force are enormously grateful to the Melville Charitable Trust for their vision, and their unwavering commitment to the permanent supportive housing approach, which made today's HUD Section 811 Demonstration funding awards possible," stated Ann O'Hara, Associate Director of the Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC).
Today's announcement reinforces the guiding principles of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the landmark 1999 Supreme Court ruling in Olmstead v. L.C., which requires state and local governments to support individuals with disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs. The rental assistance announced today also supports the Obama Administration's strategy to prevent and end homelessness.
"Too many people with disabilities are living in institutions or are homeless because they cannot afford housing. TAC applauds HUD and HHS for their effort to bring together integrated, affordable housing and services designed to support individuals in the community," stated Kevin Martone, Executive Director of TAC.
A total of $98 million in competitive FY 2012 PRA funding was made available to state housing agency applicants through a HUD Notice of Funding Availability published in March of 2012. Thirty-five state housing agencies submitted applications for PRA funds, an indicator of the enormous demand within the states for integrated supportive housing units. Under the PRA Demo, 3,530 units are expected to be produced, more than three times the number of units produced with FY10 and FY11 funds before Congress reformed the legislation.
The innovative and flexible PRA option provides a systematic and state-oriented approach to expanding supportive housing by requiring that a formal partnership between the state's housing and health and human services/Medicaid agencies be created prior to the submission of the PRA application to ensure the availability of support services for individuals accessing housing.
States selected to receive an award of Section 811 PRA funds include:
|State Housing Agency||Amount of Rent Subsidy||# of Units|
|California Housing Finance Agency||$11,870,256||335|
|Delaware State Housing Authority||$5,100,753||170|
|Georgia Housing & Finance Authority||$4,160,771||150|
|Illinois Housing Development Authority||$11,982,009||826|
|Louisiana Housing Corporation||$8,254,097||200|
|Massachusetts Dept. of Housing & Community Development||$5,276,452||100|
|Maryland Dept. of Housing & Community Development||$10,917,383||150|
|Minnesota Housing Finance Agency||$3,000,000||95|
|Montana Dept. of Commerce||$2,000,000||82|
|North Carolina Housing Finance Agency||$12,000,000||562|
|Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency||$5,707,800||200|
|Texas Dept. of Housing & Community Affairs||$12,000,000||385|
|Washington State Dept. of Commerce||$5,580,280||275|
What Happens Next?
States that received awards:
- States can expect to begin to enter into negotiations with HUD to develop a Cooperative Agreement.
- States will be able to access HUD Technical Assistance that will include webinars, annual conferences, regional convenings and other technical assistance.
States that did not receive awards:
- While the federal budget negotiations are ongoing, the last
versions of the President and key Senate and Housing Committee
budgets all included funds for additional Section 811 PRA units. In
addition, we understand that HUD was strongly supportive of
including Section 811 PRA in the FY14 budget. This means it is quite possible there will be additional funding rounds in the near future.
- As soon as a new NOFA is released, TAC will provide technical assistance and other information.
- States may want to consider requesting a debrief with HUD.
Continue to check this website for additional information about the roll-out of this new program, budget updates, and other helpful information for state housing and human services agencies interested in developing integrated supportive housing for people with disabilities.
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811 Program Innovations
The innovations in the Melville Act will stimulate a continuous, systematic and state-oriented approach to the creation of integrated supportive housing units. These 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 Melville Act 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 Finance Agencies (HFAs). The PRA option reduces the cost of creating a Section 811 unit as much as 75% by leveraging other sources of affordable housing capital funding.
- TAC Summary of 811 Program Reforms
- 811 Program FAQs
- Overview of Section 811 Project Rental Assistance (PRA) Option for State Housing Agencies
- Overview of Section 811 Multifamily Capital Advance/PRAC Option
- Comparison of PRA & Multifamily Options
Tools & Resources
- HUD's FY 2012 Section 811 PRA Demo NOFA
- 811 Appropriations Update
- SAMHSA Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) Kit
- Supportive Housing Innovations
- Case Studies & Project Profiles