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The District of Columbia Housing Authority was recently awarded with 69 new vouchers with a value of more than $550,000 to help disabled adults secure housing.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $98.5 million to 285 local public housing authorities nationwide on September 4 to provide permanent affordable housing to nearly 12,000 additional non-elderly persons with disabilities.

“With these 69 new vouchers, DCHA will look to partner with city agencies, such as the Department of Behavioral Health, to identify families who will be able to take advantage of this new housing opportunity,” said DCHA’s Housing Choice Voucher Program Director Ronald McCoy. 

The funding for the new federal vouchers comes from HUD’s Mainstream HCVP assistance, which provides funding to housing agencies to assist non-elderly persons with disabilities who are transitioning out of institutional or other separated settings; at serious risk of institutionalization; homeless; or at risk of becoming homeless.

"HUD is committed to making sure people with disabilities have a decent, safe and affordable place to call home," said HUD Secretary Ben Carson in a statement. "Working closely with our local partners, we help residents with disabilities live independently and fully enjoy the use of their homes."

This program helps to further the goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act by helping persons with disabilities live in the most integrated setting. The program also encourages partnerships with health and human service agencies with a demonstrated capacity to coordinate voluntary services and supports to enable individuals to live independently in the community, according to HUD.

DCHA applied for a variety of new vouchers for the upcoming fiscal year including new VASH (Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing) vouchers and FUP (Family Unification Program) vouchers, which support young people coming out of the foster system.

 

 

 

Last modified: 9/27/2018 12:24:00 PM