Rental assistance program awarded millions |

Rental assistance program awarded millions

The California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA) and the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) announced that the state will receive nearly $12 million in additional funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to continue California’s Section 811 Project Rental Assistance program.

The Section 811 program is a collaborative effort between CalHFA, HCD, the California Department of Health Care Services, and the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, and enables disabled individuals (age 18-61) to transition from nursing homes, other institutions, or homelessness into healthier supportive housing. The $12 million will be used to provide rental subsidies for approximately 283 households in Los Angeles County.

In February, California received recognition as the first state in the nation to move residents into apartments made possible by an earlier round of HUD Section 811 funding. The first residents transitioned from long-term care facilities into Garden Village apartments in Sacramento. The complex was renovated by Domus Development in 2014 to preserve affordable apartments for qualified residents whose annual incomes are below 30% of the area median income.

The residents served through this program will have access to an array of community-based services and supports that are flexible, individualized, and tailored to their needs. These include voluntary services and supports that help people with disabilities get and keep housing in community settings, as well as access to health care and behavioral services that support wellness, recovery, and community integration.

To qualify, residents must be eligible to receive community-based, long-term care services provided under Medi-Cal and be referred by a California Community Transitions coordinator or a Department of Developmental Services Regional Center. A referral process connects the patient with a property eligible to receive the funding. The outcome offers the patient independent living and the security of a permanent place to call home.

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