Minnesota granted $5.3M for affordable housing for people with disabilities

Updated: November 21, 2019 06:22 PM

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced more than $5.3 million in federal funding to the State of Minnesota to provide affordable housing options for nearly 600 people with disabilities.

It's part of a HUD initiative that provided $131.3 million to 325 local public housing authorities across the country with the purpose of helping those housing agencies assist non-elderly people with disabilities, particularly those:

  • transitioning out of institutional or other separated settings,
  • at serious risk of institutionalization,
  • currently experiencing homelessness,
  • previously experiencing homelessness or in a permanent supportive housing or rehousing project,
  • at risk of becoming homeless.

Terri Smith, director of the Metropolitan Council Housing and Redevelopment Authority, said the news couldn't come at a better time.

"In fact we have a waiting list of people waiting for this new award so we'll be able to use these 67 that we got up lickety split," Smith said.

The money is specifically designed to help non-elderly people with disabilities, and those currently experiencing homelessness or previously experienced homelessness.

Vouchers can last a lifetime for the individual as long as the funded agency is covered by HUD.

The housing agencies receiving the funding in Minnesota are: PHA in and for the City of Minneapolis, Public Housing Agency of the City of St. Paul, Metropolitan Council, Clay County HRA, Mankato EDA, South Metro Human Services, Mental Health Resources, Washington County HRA, HRA of St. Cloud, Dakota County CDA, HRA of Duluth, Olmsted County HRA, Scott County Community Development Agency and Todd County HRA.

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