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Maryland Receives a HUD 811 Project Rental Assistance Award
On February 12, 2013, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that Maryland is one of 13 states selected to participate in the new HUD Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities Project Rental Assistance (PRA) Demonstration. This new Section 811 program is designed to assist state housing agencies in expanding integrated supportive housing opportunities for people with the most significant and long-term disabilities. PRA housing units will be located in properties produced with state-issued affordable housing development funds. Maryland was awarded approximately $10.8 million over five years, with the goal of providing ongoing rental assistance to 150 people with income below 30 percent of area median income.
The PRA program required that a formal partnership between the state's housing and health and human services/Medicaid agencies be created prior to the submission of the PRA application to ensure the availability of support services for individuals accessing housing. Maryland’s partnership includes the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Maryland Department of Disabilities. Program participants will pay 30 percent of their income for rent and utilities, and the remaining rent will be paid with PRA funds. Participants will be offered person-centered supportive services through Maryland’s existing Medicaid-funded programs.
Maryland received a Real Choice Systems Change grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid in October 2011 to assist the state with preparing for the application for this funding and to begin developing the infrastructure needed to successfully implement a HUD 811 PRA program. The grant project, known as the Maryland Partnership for Affordable Housing, was guided by an Advisory Committee including representation from housing, advocacy, and service organizations. These organizations include the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities at Kennedy Krieger Institute, Department of Housing and Community Development, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Maryland Department of Disabilities, Maryland Disability Law Center, The Coordinating Center, Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition, Montgomery Housing Partnership, People On the Go, the Freedom Center, the Image Center, and the Technical Assistance Collaborative.
Nationally, 35 state housing agencies submitted applications for the PRA Demo funds. A total of $98 million in competitive fiscal year 2012 PRA funding was awarded to 13 of these state applicants. Under the PRA Demo program, 3,530 units are expected to be produced nationally, more than three times the number of units produced with fiscal year 2010 and fiscal year 2011 funds before Congress reformed the HUD 811 program.
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