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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced the awarding of grants totaling $39.9 million in 21 states to assist non-elderly individuals and families with disabilities in leasing affordable private housing.

"Because of their special needs, young people with disabilities often face difficulties finding suitable, accessible housing they can afford," said HUD Secretary Mel Martinez. "These vouchers will give them the financial assistance they need to find safe, affordable housing."

Grants from the following two HUD programs and will fund Housing Choice Vouchers to non-elderly disabled families:

  • Rental Assistance for Non-Elderly Persons with Disabilities Related to Certain Developments - $23.5 million
  • Rental Assistance for Non-Elderly Persons with Disabilities in Support of Designated Housing Plans - $16.4 million 

By using the vouchers, qualified recipients will be to rent housing units by paying generally no more than 30 percent of their income for rent with HUD paying the remainder.

The vouchers are part of three existing HUD programs designed to people with disabilities secure affordable housing:

  • Mainstream vouchers 
    Assist elderly and non-elderly families that have a person with disabilities.

  • Designated housing vouchers 
    Assist non-elderly families, who would be eligible for public housing if occupancy were not restricted to elderly households. These vouchers also assist families affected by a PHA decision to designate their buildings as "mixed elderly and disabled buildings" but demonstrate a need for alternative resources for families with a disabled person.

  • Certain development vouchers 
    Assist non-elderly families with a disabled person, who do not currently receive housing assistance in certain developments where owners establish preferences for, or restrict occupancy to, elderly families.

How to Get Information and Assistance
These new rental vouchers, as well as all other sources of public housing assistance offered through HUD are administered by Local Public Housing Agencies. For more information or to apply for public housing assistance, start by contacting the Public Housing Agency (PHA) office in your city or a city near you. Street addresses, phone numbers and, in many cases email addresses and Web sites for all PHA offices can by accessing HUD's PHA Contact Information page at: http://www.hud.gov/offices/pih/pha/contacts/index.cfm

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