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 Releases FY 13/14 Section 811 PRA NOFA
On March 4, 2014, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued its second ever Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Section 811 Project Rental Assistance (PRA) Program which provides project-based rental assistance to state housing or other appropriate housing agencies to create permanent supportive housing for extremely low-income persons with disabilities. The primary purpose of the PRA program is to identify, stimulate, and support innovative state-level strategies that will transform and increase housing for extremely low-income persons with disabilities while also making available appropriate services and supports.
HUD is seeking to support state housing and health and human service/Medicaid agency collaborations that have or will result in increased access to affordable - new and existing - permanent supportive housing units with access to appropriate services. An Inter-Agency Partnership Agreement between the state housing and state health and human services/Medicaid agency (ies) is a threshold requirement of the program.
Section 811 PRA funds can only be used to fund project-based rental operating assistance and allowable administrative costs relating to the administration of the Section 811 PRA program, but cannot be used to fund any project development costs. Development costs on eligible Multifamily Projects must be paid with funds from other public and private sources.
The NOFA makes available approximately $120 million from FY13 and FY14 appropriations. The NOFA indicates additional funding may be available based on carry-over funds from prior years. HUD expects to make between 12 and 18 awards and anticipates that individual grants awarded under this NOFA will range from a minimum of $2 million and a maximum of $12 million.
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FY 2012 Section 811 PRA Demo Awards
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.
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.