New vouchers provide housing for more ND residents

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Tuesday awarded $773,827 to five public housing agencies in North Dakota to provide permanent affordable housing to 141 additional non-elderly persons with disabilities.

The housing assistance announced the money is being provided through HUD’s Section 811 Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Program, which provides funding to housing agencies to assist non-elderly persons with disabilities who are transitioning out of institutional or other separated settings, at serious risk of institutionalization, homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Minot Housing Authority will receive $149,448 to provide another 22 vouchers. Housing Authority of the City of Williston will receive $38,104 for another six vouchers.

“HUD is committed to making sure people with disabilities have a decent, safe and affordable place to call home,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “Working closely with our local partners, we help residents with disabilities live independently and fully enjoy the use of their homes.”

The program helps to further the goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act by helping persons with disabilities live in the most integrated setting. 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.