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Lafayette Housing Authority wins grant to assist people with disabilities

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Posted at 12:13 PM, Nov 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-20 13:13:20-05

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded $1,231,762 to 4 Louisiana public housing agencies to fund a total of 173 Housing Choice Vouchers to provide affordable housing for non-elderly persons with disabilities.

Nationally, HUD awarded a total of $131.3 million to 325 local public housing authorities across the country to help approximately 15,363 additional disabled persons.

The housing assistance announced today is provided through HUD’s Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Program which provides funding for vouchers to housing agencies to assist non-elderly persons with disabilities, particularly those who are:

  • Transitioning out of institutional or other separated settings;
  • At serious risk of institutionalization;
  • Currently experiencing homelessness;
  • Previously experienced homelessness and are currently a client in a permanent supportive housing or rapid rehousing project; or
  • At risk of becoming homeless.

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.

The Lafayette Housing Authority received the larges grant in Louisiana, winning $530,505 for 75 vouchers. Also receiving grants were the Shreveport authority with $292,704 for 50 vouchers; the Louisiana Housing Authority with $354,281for 38 vouchers and the Bossier Parish Section 8 program, with $54,272 for 10 vouchers.