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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 Awards $150 Million to 25 States for FY 2013 Section 811 PRA Funding

On March 2, 2015, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the award of $150 million in Section 811 Project Rental Assistance (PRA) funds to 24 states, plus the District of Columbia. The Section 811 PRA program assists state housing agencies to expand the supply of integrated permanent supportive housing (PSH) opportunities consistent with the U.S. Supreme Court's Olmstead decision, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and best practice PSH models, while leveraging mainstream affordable housing, Medicaid, and other community-based supportive service resources for people with the most significant and long term disabilities. The rental assistance announced today also supports the Obama Administration's strategy to prevent and end homelessness.

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. The new awards are expected to produce 4,584 housing units, more than four times the number produced with FY10 and FY11 funds before Congress passed the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act of 2010 which reformed the Section 811 program. Of the 43 states total who have applied for Section 811 PRA funds, 29 (or 57% of all states and the District of Columbia) will now be administering the Section 811 PRA Program, with over 7,500 units total anticipated from the FY12 and FY 13 PRA NOFAs combined.
 
States selected to receive an award of Section 811 PRA funds this round include:

State Housing Agency

Amount of Rent Assistance

 # Units

Alaska Housing Finance Corporation

$7,722,343

200

Arizona Dept. of Housing

$2,950,000

54

California Housing Finance Agency

$11,985,436

283

Colorado Dept. of Local Affairs

$7,610,719

411

Dept. of Housing, State of Connecticut

$4,112,906

150

D.C. Dept. of Housing and Community Development

$2,617,645

60

Georgia Housing Finance Authority

$10,174,407

350

Illinois Housing Development Authority

$6,420,000

200

Kentucky Housing Corporation

$5,794,675

150

Massachusetts Dept. of Housing & Community Development

$6,803,050

100

Maryland Dept. of Housing and Community Development

$9,808,054

150

Maine State Housing Authority

$2,000,000

66

Michigan State Housing Development Authority

$5,516,950

200

Minnesota Housing Finance Agency

$3,000,000

75

New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority

$8,634,824

150

NJ Housing Mortgage Finance Agency

$5,099,229

206

New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority

$2,278,447

95

State of Nevada Housing Division

$2,000,000

50

Ohio Housing Finance Agency

$11,991,399

508

Oregon Housing and Community Services Dept.

$2,335,000

80

Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency

$8,557,014

200

Rhode Island Housing and Mortgage Finance Corporation

$5,627,829

150

South Dakota Housing Development Authority

$2,797,972

100

Texas Dept. of Housing and Community Affairs

$12,000,000

296

Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority

$2,532,090

300

Total

$150,369,989

4,584

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.

View the NOFA

Read TAC's Summary of the NOFA

Continue to check this website for the latest 811 program news, 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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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.

FY 2012 Section 811 PRA Demo Awards

FY 2012 Section 811 PRA Demo NOFA

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

811 Appropriations Update

SAMHSA Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) Kit

Supportive Housing Innovations

Case Studies & Project Profiles

More information

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For Housing Developers

For the Disability Community

State Housing Agency

Amount of Rent Assistance

 # Units

Alaska Housing Finance Corporation

$7,722,343

200

Arizona Dept. of Housing

$2,950,000

54

California Housing Finance Agency

$11,985,436

283

Colorado Dept. of Local Affairs

$7,610,719

411

Dept. of Housing, State of Connecticut

$4,112,906

150

D.C. Dept. of Housing and Community Development

$2,617,645

60

Georgia Housing Finance Authority

$10,174,407

350

Illinois Housing Development Authority

$6,420,000

200

Kentucky Housing Corporation

$5,794,675

150

Massachusetts Dept. of Housing & Community Development

$6,803,050

100

Maryland Dept. of Housing and Community Development

$9,808,054

150

Maine State Housing Authority

$2,000,000

66

Michigan State Housing Development Authority

$5,516,950

200

Minnesota Housing Finance Agency

$3,000,000

75

New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority

$8,634,824

150

NJ Housing Mortgage Finance Agency

$5,099,229

206

New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority

$2,278,447

95

State of Nevada Housing Division

$2,000,000

50

Ohio Housing Finance Agency

$11,991,399

508

Oregon Housing and Community Services Dept.

$2,335,000

80

Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency

$8,557,014

200

Rhode Island Housing and Mortgage Finance Corporation

$5,627,829

150

South Dakota Housing Development Authority

$2,797,972

100

Texas Dept. of Housing and Community Affairs

$12,000,000

296

Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority

$2,532,090

300

Total

$150,369,989

4,584