Michigan receives $5.5 million to provide rental assistance to persons with disabilities

Contact: Jennifer Smith 517-241-2112

For Immediate Release; March 20, 2015

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan has been selected to receive more than $5.5 million in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding to provide affordable rental housing and supportive services to extremely-low income persons with disabilities. The Section 811 Project Rental Assistance (PRA) grant application process was a collaborative effort between the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) and the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH).

“This is a great opportunity to help create and encourage independence for people with disabilities,” Lt. Gov. Brian Calley said. “These grants will give those who are capable of living on their own the chance to build a home for themselves and their families, ultimately leading to a higher quality of life.”

The funding, just announced this month, will be administered by MSHDA. A workgroup consisting of representatives from MSHDA and MDCH will collaborate to identify, refer and support target populations throughout Michigan.

“This grant will help connect hundreds of low-income adults with disabilities to permanent affordable housing and the supportive services they need for a quality life,” said Wayne Workman, Acting Executive Director for MSHDA. “I am proud of the way MSHDA and MDCH worked together to identify and apply for this opportunity to help Michigan residents in a comprehensive way.”

Closely aligned with Governor Snyder’s “River of Opportunity” model for government and service delivery, the grant is intended to provide rental assistance to help prevent unnecessary institutionalization, and in some cases, homelessness.

“Promoting community-based services and systems of care for persons with disabilities is essential to ensuring that all of our residents have the support they need to lead healthy, productive lives,” said Nick Lyon, director of the MDCH and interim director of the Department of Human Services. “This grant is a testament to inter-departmental collaboration, and I look forward to continued partnership with MSHDA as we work to provide stable, inclusive environments for those individuals and families who need it most.”

Michigan was one of 25 states selected to receive funding from the Section 811 PRA program. For more information about the Section 811 Supportive Housing program, please visit: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/housing/mfh/progdesc/disab811.

For more information about housing programs in Michigan, please visit the MSHDA website at www.michigan.gov/mshda.