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FY 2019 Project Rental Assistance of Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities NOFA

The Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act of 2010 (Pub. L. No. 111-374) amended Section 811 of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act (42 U.S.C. 8013). The most significant change to Section 811 was the establishment of a new Project Rental Assistance (PRA) program that provides funding to state housing and other appropriate agencies for project-based rental operating assistance for extremely low-income persons with disabilities. The primary purpose of the Section 811 PRA Program is to identify, stimulate, and support innovative state-level strategies that will transform and increase housing for extremely low-income persons with disabilities while also making available appropriate support and services. HUD is seeking to support collaborations between State Housing and Health and Human Service/Medicaid Agencies that have resulted or will result in increased access to affordable permanent supportive housing units – new and existing– with access to appropriate services. Many States have already developed partnerships to address this need, and the Department hopes to further support these efforts as well as to incentivize additional states to develop similar collaborative efforts. This Section 811 PRA NOFA will allow HUD to identify and support successful and promising state models. This program provides states with the flexibility to award and administer these funds to address the shortage of affordable and integrated housing for persons with disabilities.

Housing agencies may either directly administer the rental assistance contracts to eligible properties or contract with other qualified parties to administer the long-term rental assistance contracts.

The desired outcomes of the program include:

  • Facilitating and sustaining effective and successful partnerships between State Housing or other appropriate housing agencies and State Health and Human Service/Medicaid agencies to provide permanent housing with the availability of supportive services for extremely low-income persons with disabilities
  • Discovering replicable approaches to providing housing with access to appropriate services for persons with disabilities
  • Identifying innovative ways of using and leveraging Section 811 PRA funds
  • Substantially increasing integrated affordable rental housing units for persons with disabilities within existing, new, or rehabilitated multifamily properties with a mix of incomes and disability status
  • Creating more efficient and effective uses of housing and health care resources.

Funding of up to $37,000,000 is available through this NOFA.  In addition to this NOFA, HUD plans to release an additional Section 811 NOFA to competitively award Capital Advance and Project Rental Assistance Contract (PRAC) funds. HUD has the budget authority to award up to a total of $112,000,000 to support the new affordable housing units for persons with disabilities. This NOFA will make approximately $37,000,000 available to state entities and the second NOFA will be for the Section 811 Capital Advance NOFA which will make approximately $75,000,000 directly available to non-profit entities.    If any funds remain after all eligible applicants under this NOFA have been selected, HUD reserves the right to use those remaining funds to make awards under the Capital Advance NOFA.

HUD expects to make approximately 8 awards from the funds available under this NOFA. The precise number of awards will depend on the eligible proposals.

This program does not offer Opportunity Zones.

Funding Opportunity Number: FR-6300-N-53

Opportunity Title: Project Rental Assistance (PRA) Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities

Competition ID: FR-6300-N-53
CFDA No: 14.326
Opening Date: October 8, 2019

Closing Date:  February 10, 2020

Contact Information:  Questions regarding this NOFA should be directed FY18811NOFA@hud.gov mailbox.   Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Please note that HUD staff cannot assist applicants in preparing their applications