Washington –The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is awarding $150 million in rental assistance for persons with disabilities to 25 state housing agencies, including more than $9.8 million in Maryland.
The resources will help Maryland provide permanent affordable rental housing and needed supportive services to 150 households with extremely low-income persons with disabilities, many of whom hoping to transition out of institutional settings back to the community.
HUD’s support of state housing agencies is made possible through the Section 811 Project Rental Assistance program which enables persons with disabilities who earn less than 30 percent of their area’s median income to live in integrated, affordable housing. Maryland is working in partnership with the Maryland Department of Disabilities and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to identify and support persons with disabilities who require community-based, long-term care services to live independently.
This was the second national competitive grant for Maryland: it builds upon $11.2 million that Maryland received in 2013 through HUD’s Section 811 Project Rental Assistance Demonstration Program. Those resources provided five years of rental assistance for 150 units in the Washington and Baltimore regions.