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Lee Jones
(877) 741-3281, Ext. 5356
www.hud.gov/washington
For Release
Tuesday
January 13, 2009

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HUD AWARDS $29.2 MILLION FOR 209 AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS FOR ELDERLY & PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES IN EVERETT, KENNEWICK, MOSES LAKE, SPOKANE, SPOKANE VALLEY & TACOMA
Part of National Announcement of $650 Million in Section 202 and Section 811 Awards to Help Very Low-Income Elderly & People With Disabilities

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today announced the award of $29,195,600 in interest-free capital advance and rent subsidy funds for the construction and operation of 209 units of affordable housing for the low-income elderly and persons with disabilities in Everett, Kennewick, Moses Lake, Spokane, Spokane Valley and Tacoma, Washington.

The awards were part of an announcement of more than $650 million in awards nationwide under HUD’s Section 202 supportive housing for the very low-income elderly ($525.9 million) and Section 811 supportive housing for very low-income persons with disabilities ($124.5 million). Under both programs, HUD funds provide non-profit developers interest-free capital advances to produce the housing units, rental assistance and supportive services for the income-eligible residents.

“These grants will help thousands of our nation’s very low-income elderly and persons with disabilities find decent housing that they can afford,” said HUD Secretary Steve Preston. “Neither group should ever have to worry about being able to find a safe place to live.”

Section 202 Awards

HUD’s Section 202 supportive housing for the very low-income elderly program provides housing and supportive services for very low-income persons 62 years and older who can live independently. The program provides its nonprofit developers with an interest-free capital advance to acquire, construct or rehabilitate a building, as well as rent subsidies so that the income-eligible residents need not spend more than 30 percent of their incomes on rent.

The Section 202 winners in Washington are:

  • Spokane United Methodist Homes will receive a $4,255,400 interest-free capital advance and a three-year, $420,100 rent subsidy to construct the 38-unit Rockwood complex for persons 62 years or older in Spokane Valley.
  • American Baptist Homes of the West will receive a $7,661,400 capital advance and a three-year, $658,800 rent subsidy to construct a 55 unit complex for the at-risk and frail elderly in the Salishan area of Tacoma. The facility will include a health and dental center and a computer lab and library.
  • Intercommunity Mercy Housing will receive an $8,216,400 capital advance and a three-year, $707,000 rent subsidy to construct a 59 unit complex in Tacoma for income-eligible elderly who can live independently.

Section 811 Awards

Like the Section 202 program, HUD’s Section 811 supportive housing for very low-income persons with disabilities program provides nonprofit developers with an interest-free capital advance and three-year rent subsidy. However, Section 811 housing usually is smaller, newly constructed group homes.

Households must have one or more very low-income adults with a physical or developmental disability or living with chronic mental illness. The term “person with disabilities” may also include two or more people with disabilities living together, or one or more persons with disabilities living with one or more live-in attendants. The program provides persons with disabilities the opportunity to live independently in their communities by increasing the supply of rental housing with the availability of supportive services.

The Section 811 winners in Washington are:

  • Community Frameworks, Inc. will receive a $1,989,200 capital advance and a three-year, $188,700 rent subsidy to construct 17 units for the developmentally-disabled in Moses Lake.
  • Spokane Mental Health will receive a $1,917,000 capital advance and a three-year, $177,600 rent subsidy to construct 17 affordable units for persons with chronic mental illness in Spokane.
  • Washington Home of Their Own will receive a $1,088,200 capital advance and a three-year, $92,100 rent subsidy to construct an 8-unit facility in Everett.
  • The Shalom Ecumenical Center will receive a $1,677,600 capital advance and a three-year, $155.400 rent subsidy to construct 15 units in four buildings in Kennewick.

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HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development, and enforces the nation’s fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and espanol.hud.gov.

 
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