The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded the North Bergen Housing Authority $339,430 to fund affordable housing for people with disabilities.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“At HUD we’re committed to ensuring people with disabilities have a decent, safe and affordable place to live,” HUD Secretary Ben Carson said in a statement.
“Everyone deserves a place to call home and to enjoy the freedom that independent living provides,” added HUD Regional Administrator for New York and New Jersey Lynne Patton.
“I am proud to work for an agency that takes care of this vulnerable population of rent-paying Americans and provides them with financial stability and personal independence.”
The housing assistance announced today is provided through the HUD’s Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Program which provides funding to housing agencies to assist non-elderly persons with disabilities, particularly those who are transitioning out of institutional or other separated settings.
Some examples include those at serious risk of institutionalization, currently experiencing homelessness, previously experienced homelessness, at a risk of becoming homeless, and currently a client in a permanent supportive housing or rapid rehousing project.
This program helps to further the goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act by helping persons with disabilities live in the most integrated setting.
Additionally, the program also encourages partnerships with health and human service agencies with a demonstrated capacity to coordinate voluntary services and supports to enable individuals to live independently in the community.