Take 2: Significant Affordable Housing Opportunities for People with Disabilities in the 2018 Federal Budget

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Significant Affordable Housing Opportunities for People with Disabilities in the 2018 Federal Budget

Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2018

THE OMNIBUS BUDGET BILL for Fiscal Year 2018, passed by Congress and enacted by the president last week, includes a ten percent ($4.6 billion), one-year increase to the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) budget overall and gives especially strong support to housing programs serving people with disabilities.

Affordable Housing for People with Disabilities — Highlights

  • $400 million (est.) will go to new Section 811 mainstream vouchers for non-elderly people with disabilities. TAC estimates these funds will provide almost 50,000 new vouchers for people with disabilities!
  • $82.6 million for new Section 811 Project Rental Assistance (PRA) capital advances and project-based rental assistance. This increase may provide an opportunity for the states that have not yet received PRA funds to benefit from 811 PRA!

Other Good News

  • $130 million increase for Homeless Assistance grants. The National Alliance to End Homelessness estimates that this increase will be enough to move 20,000–25,000 more people from homelessness to permanent housing.
  • $40 million for new supportive housing for homeless veterans with disabilities, through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program.
  • $20 million for new Family Unification Program vouchers for families and for youth aging out of the foster care system.
  • A 12.5% increase in the Low Income Housing Tax Credit allocation and a 30% increase in the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, both of which will help states and localities to increase affordable housing production.

Thanks are due to all of the disability, homelessness, and affordable housing proponents across the country whose hard work and advocacy have ensured that thousands more people with disabilities will have the chance to live in safe, affordable apartments — rather than in institutions, in shelter, or on the streets. Thanks especially to Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, outgoing chair of the House Appropriations Committee, who has been a steadfast supporter of housing for non-elderly people with disabilities.


Significant Affordable Housing Opportunities for People with Disabilities in the 2018 Federal Budget

by Lisa Sloane, Senior Policy Advisor and Gina Schaak, Senior Associate

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 Thanks to the hard work and dedication of many advocates, the 2018 federal budget enacted by Congress and signed by the president last week offers the chance at permanent housing for thousands of people with disabilities.    READ MORE...

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of many advocates, the 2018 federal budget enacted by Congress and signed by the president last week offers the chance at permanent housing for thousands of people with disabilities.

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