HUD: Funds Awarded to Build 1,100 Homes for Low-Income Seniors

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded more than $51 million in housing assistance to non-profit organizations across the country to finance more affordable housing construction, provide rental assistance, and facilitate supportive services delivery for very low-income seniors.

“Expanding affordable housing opportunities is a priority, especially for our nation’s most vulnerable populations,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “These awards will facilitate capital investment in senior housing developments and create roughly 1,100 new homes, the majority for very low-income seniors.”

“The combination of Capital Advance and Project Rental Assistance grants creates greater supply of new rental units and supports the viability of existing properties,” said Federal Housing Commissioner Brian Montgomery.

Requiring leverage with other sources of private capital, HUD has significantly reduced the reliance on federal investment for the development of these properties–$88,000 per unit today compared to $156,000 per unit in 2012–the last time HUD made Section 202 construction/ rehabilitation grant awards.

Section 202 grants provide very low-income elderly persons 62 years of age or older with the opportunity to live independently in an environment that provides support services to meet their unique needs. HUD provides these funds to non-profit organizations in two forms:

  • Capital Advances. This is funding that covers the cost of developing, acquiring, or rehabilitating the development. Repayment is not required as long as the housing remains available for occupancy by very low-income elderly persons for at least 40 years.
  • Project Rental Assistance Contracts (PRAC). This is project-based funding which covers the difference between residents’ contributions toward rent and the cost of operating the project.

Program eligibility requires residents to be very low-income or earning less than 50 percent of the area median income. However, most households that receive Section 202 earn less than 30 percent of the median for their area. The following grantees are receiving funding awards:
 

Section 202 Grant Awards

StateGranteePRAC UnitsTotal Project UnitsAward Amount
Hartford, CTNew Samaritan Corporation2222$4,648,305
Douglasville, GANational Church Residences1690$2,577,352
Warner Robins, GACommunity Housing and Development Corporation*120120$1,132,640
Newton, MAJewish Community Housing for the Elderly III, Inc.2525$4,176,269
Baltimore City, MDComprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc*4075$3,734,840
Baltimore, MDCSI Support & Development Services781$1,141,097
Anoka, MNVolunteers of America National Services1080$2,051,803
Albuquerque, NMElderly Housing Development and Operations Corporation2040$2,096,945
Cleveland, OHVesta Longfellow, LLC656$1,234,596
East Cleveland, OHThe McGregor Foundation8080$3,461,280
Columbus, OHNational Church Residences2876$4,971,176
Village of Windham, OHNeighborhood Development Services, Inc*3030$4,937,980
Collingdale, PACatholic Housing and Community Services2150$871,055
City of Dillon, SCTapestry Development Group, Inc.*3333$2,661,593
Austin, TXGuadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation2634$4,191,637
Frederick, VAWesley Housing Development Corporation of Northern Virginia1163$2,056,299
Seattle, WAHumanGood Affordable Housing2082$3,129,490
Tacoma, WAMercy Housing Northwest*6060$2,573,395
 Total5751,097$51,647,750

*Denotes an Opportunity Zone property.

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