$7M Grant Will Provide Rent Assistance for North Carolinians with Disabilities

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RALEIGH—Extremely low-income people with disabilities transitioning out of, or at risk of entering, institutional settings will have the opportunity to move to apartments in their communities thanks to a $7 million grant awarded to the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency. The Agency was one of 12 nationwide to receive the funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under its Section 811 Project Rental Assistance program.

Authorized by the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act of 2010, the HUD 811 program provides project-based rental assistance funding to eligible state housing finance agencies for extremely low-income persons with disabilities aged 18-61.

This grant will provide rental assistance for approximately 188 apartments for extremely low-income people with disabilities who are either transitioning from institutions or at risk of institutionalization.

“The shortage of affordable housing has implications for all North Carolinians, but extremely low-income people with disabilities often have even more limited options without a source of rental assistance,” said Scott Farmer, executive director of the NC Housing Finance Agency. “The 811 award will help the state continue to move people with disabilities into integrated community settings.”

The Agency works with the state’s Department of Health and Human Services to ensure that individuals with disabilities can live in the least restrictive, most integrated settings as possible, provided the setting is appropriate for the individual. Through the Transitions to Community Living Voucher and Targeting program coupled with Key Rental Assistance, these efforts have moved 3,804 people with disabilities into independent apartments in their communities since 2012.

For more information about the NC Housing Finance Agency and the affordable housing it funds, visit www.HousingBuildsNC.com.

The North Carolina Housing Finance Agency, a self-supporting public agency, has financed 293,320 homes and apartments since its creation in 1973.