The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development offers grants to communities to increase and improve the quality of residential housing for low-to-moderate income individuals. Grants are provided for rehabilitation of residential buildings to bring them up to standard living conditions and to construct and rehabilitate residential properties for elderly and people with disabilities in order for them to live independently.
Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG)
This program is administered by DCEO using U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funds. This is a statewide competitive program for communities with a population under 50,000. The primary requirement is the project must benefit a minimum of 51% low to moderate-income individuals based on targeted area income survey results.
- Housing Rehabilitation
This program provides communities the opportunity to address the housing needs of eligible low-to-moderate income persons by bringing existing housing up to standard living conditions. Communities can receive up to $400,000 to be used to rehabilitate residential buildings, including improvements to increase the energy efficiency of the structures, structural improvements, plumbing improvements, electrical improvements, public facility improvements and/or residential connection costs which will support a housing rehabilitation project, finance acquisition and/or disposition, or clearance and relocation to arrest the decline of an area.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
- Section 202 – Supportive Housing for the Elderly
Section 202 is a program designed to enable low-income seniors (62 years or older) to live independently by increasing the supply of rental housing with supportive services. Section 202 provides interest-free capital advances to private non-profit organizations to construct or rehabilitate rental housing for low-income elderly. The funding amount is determined by a formula that is updated annually by the Federal Government (i.e. a set amount per unit constructed) The advance remains interest free and does not need to be repaid as long as the housing remains available to low-income elderly for at least forty (40) years. The program also includes rental assistance for the residents. Residents pay 30 percent of their adjusted gross income in rent while HUD pays the difference between the monthly approved operating cost and the rent received from the tenant. Applications are typically due in May.
- Section 811 – Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities
This program operates very much like the Section 202 program described above. The purpose of 811 is to enable low-income persons with disabilities to live independently by increasing the supply of rental housing with supportive services. Applications are typically due in May.