Local housing authorities receive $117K to help people with disabilities

  • Greenfield Housing Authority at Elm Terrace in Greenfield. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Greenfield Housing Authority at Elm Terrace in Greenfield. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Franklin County Regional Housing & Redevelopment Authority at 241 Millers Falls Road in Montague. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Franklin County Regional Housing & Redevelopment Authority at 241 Millers Falls Road in Montague. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Report
Published: 1/10/2020 5:42:50 PM
Modified: 1/10/2020 5:42:11 PM

BOSTON — The Greenfield Housing Authority and the Franklin County Regional Housing & Redevelopment Authority have received more than $117,000 in grant funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to support non-elderly persons with disabilities.

Greenfield Housing Authority received $50,861 and the Franklin County Regional Housing & Redevelopment Authority received $66,173.

According to a HUD press release, the department awarded more than $8.9 million in grant funding to 18 Massachusetts agencies to provide affordable housing to approximately 753 additional non-elderly persons with disabilities. This is part of $131.3 million being awarded nationally to 325 local public housing authorities.

“At HUD, we’re committed to ensuring people with disabilities have a decent, safe and affordable place to live,” said U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson. “The funding announced today allows our local partners to continue helping residents with disabilities live independently.”

According to the release, the housing assistance is provided through 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; at serious risk of institutionalization; currently experiencing homelessness; previously experienced homelessness and currently a client in a permanent supportive housing or rapid rehousing project; or at risk of becoming homeless.

“These vouchers fill a critical need in Massachusetts by providing housing stability for more than 750 residents,” said HUD’s New England Regional Administrator David Tille.

The program helps further the goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act by helping persons with disabilities live in the most integrated setting, the release states. The program also encourages partnerships with health and human service agencies to coordinate voluntary services and supports to enable individuals to live independently.


Jobs



Support Local Journalism

Subscribe to the Greenfield Recorder, keeping Franklin County informed since 1792.


Greenfield Recorder

14 Hope Street
Greenfield, MA 01302-1367
Phone: (413) 772-0261
Fax: (413) 772-2906

 

Copyright © 2020 by Newspapers of Massachusetts, Inc.
Terms & Conditions - Privacy Policy