The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced $24.7 million for 98 local public housing authorities (PHAs) to help them provide permanent affordable housing for non-elderly people with disabilities , including those experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
The funding, provided through HUD's Section 811 Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Program, can house up to 2,210 families.
To help PHAs address rental market conditions that are creating challenges with Mainstream leasing, HUD awarded both new vouchers and extraordinary administrative fees. The $5 million of extraordinary administrative fees awarded in this round of funding to 88 PHAs can be used to support housing search and leasing up of eligible applicants, in addition to easing costs related to the retention, recruitment, and support of participating owners. This will include security deposits, signing bonuses, vacancy payments, and damage mitigation. All of this will allow PHAs to improve their processes so that families can successfully use their Mainstream voucher.
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