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Anchorage Neighborhood Housing Wins Two HUD Grants Totaling $6.9 Million

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AWARDS $27.7 MILLION TO EXPAND SUPLLY OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR ELDERLY & PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES IN ALASKA, IDAHO, OREGON & WASHINGTON

New Projects Funded in Anchorage, Nampa, Omak, Renton, Spokane, Cascade Locks & Vancouver

SEATTLE – Senior citizens and persons with disabilities in the Northwest will soon be able to find additional affordable housing, thanks to $27,701,300 in housing assistance competitively awarded to non-profit groups by the U.SDepartment of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  

The funds are provided under HUD’s Section 202, Supportive Housing for the Elderly, and Section 811, Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities, programs to provide interest-free capital advances to produce accessible housing, offer rental assistance, and provide supportive services for the elderly and persons with disabilities. 

Today’s awards in the Northwest, part of more than $550 million in Section 202 and 811 grants announced today, will create an additional 179 units of affordable housing in Anchorage, Nampa, Omak, Renton, Spokane, The Dalles and Vancouver (see project summaries below).

“The Obama Administration is committed to making sure our senior citizens and persons with disabilities have opportunities to live in decent, affordable homes,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.  “Neither of these groups should ever have to worry about being able to find a safe place to live.”

“Thanks to these funds and to the hard work of our partners, we’ll be able to provide much-need affordable housing resources for the elderly and people with disabilities across the region,” said HUD Northwest Regional Administrator Mary McBride. 

Today’s announcement included awards to the following Northwest organizations:

FY 2009 HUD 202/811 Winners in the Northwest

Project Type

State

Organization

Project Location

Grant Amount

Units

811 People w/Disabilities

Alaska

Anchorage Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc

Anchorage

$2,291,100

10

202 Elderly

Alaska

Anchorage Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc

Anchorage

4,775,100

20

202 Elderly

Idaho

Mercy Housing Idaho Inc.

Nampa

4,727,300

42

202 Elderly

Oregon

Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation

The Dalles

1,763,100

13

811 People w/ Disabilities

Washington

Columbia Nonprofit Housing

Vancouver

$1,925,500

14

811 People w/ Disabilities

Washington

Spokane Mental Health Coordinating Association

Spokane

$1,894,400

15

202 Elderly

Washington

Providence Health Services

Renton

9,065,200

55

202 Elderly

Washington

Okanogan County Community Action Council

Omak

1,259,600

10

NORTHWEST TOTAL

27,701,300

179

Section 202 Capital Advance -- HUD’s Section 202 Capital Advance Program expands the supply of affordable housing with supportive services for the elderly. It provides 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 frail elderly resident.

In addition to funding the construction, acquisition, and rehabilitation of multifamily developments, HUD’s Section 202 program also provides Project Rental Assistance Contract (PRAC) funds to subsidize the rents so that residents only pay 30 percent of their adjusted incomes.

To be eligible for the assistance a household must be classified as “very low- income,” which means an income less than 50 percent of the area median.  Nationally, based on 50 percent of the national median family income with an applicable adjustment for household size, a one-person household would need to have an income equal to or less than $22,400 a year.

Section 811 Capital Advance -- This housing, most of which will be newly constructed, typically is small apartment buildings, group homes for three to four people, or condominium units.  Residents will pay 30 percent of their adjusted income for rent and the federal government will pay the rest.

Capital advance funds are awarded under HUD’s Section 811 program, providing housing for households with one or more very low-income individuals with a disability.  Under this program at least one person must be 18 years or older and have a physical or developmental disability or chronic mental illness.  The term “person with disabilities” also includes two or more people with disabilities living together, and one or more persons with disabilities living with one or more live-in attendants.  The program provides persons with disabilities the opportunity to live independently in their communities by increasing the supply of rental housing with the availability of supportive services.

To be classified as “very low-income,” a household income cannot exceed 50 percent of the area median income.  However, most households that receive Section 811 assistance have an income less than 30 percent of the area median.  Generally, this means that a one-person household will have an annual income of about $13,450.

HUD provides the Section 202 and Section 811 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 for (under Section 202) or very low-income persons with disabilities (under Section 811).

· Project Rental Assistance Contract (PRAC).  This is funding that goes to each development to cover the difference between the residents’ contributions toward rent and the HUD-approved cost of operating the project.

PROJECT SUMMARIES

ALASKA

Section 811 - Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities

Project Location                      :  Anchorage, AK

Non-Profit Sponsor                 :  Anchorage Neighborhood Housing                                                                                          Services, Inc

Capital Advance                                 :  $2,085,000

Three-year rental subsidy        :  $206,100

Number of units                      :  10

Project Description                             : 

The funds will be used construct 10 one-bedroom integrated design units for very low-income persons with disabilities to serve as an independent living project.  All units will be designed to accommodate the special needs of individuals with disabilities and to allow them to live as independently as possible. Residents will be able to take advantage of community spaces, amenities, and on-site supportive services. The site is accessible to amenities such as shopping, businesses and medical services.

Section 202 - Supportive Housing for the Elderly

Project Location          :  Anchorage, AK

Non-Profit Sponsor     :  Anchorage Neighborhood Housing

Services, Inc

Capital Advance                     :  $4,362,900

Three-year rental subsidy        :  $412,200

Number of units         :  20

Project Description:

The funds will be used to construct 20 one-bedroom units for very low-income elderly persons.  Anchorage Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. will offer a continuum of health care services to the residents.   Case management services will also be available to individuals who have chronic or complicated conditions who could benefit from a nurse case manager to assist with obtaining needed health care or other related community services. 

IDAHO

Section 202 - Supportive Housing for the Elderly

Project Location          :  Boise, ID

Non-Profit Sponsor      :  Mercy Housing Idaho Inc.

Capital Advance                     :  $4,297,700

Three-year rental subsidy:  $429,600

Number of units         :  42

Project Description: 

The apartment complex will consist of 53 units of which, 42 will be funded through the Section 202 program. The City of Boise is committed to this project, providing the sponsor with pre-development cost reductions and long term capital in the form of HOME and CDBG funds as well as Greenspace grants.  The city will also assist the project in connecting to Boise's geothermal system to reduce long-term operating costs.  LIHTCs will provide additional financing and U.S. Bank has agreed to be the project's construction lender for the construction loan.

OREGON

Section 202 - Supportive Housing for the Elderly

Project Location          :  Cascade Locks, OR

Non-Profit Sponsor                 :  Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation

Capital Advance                     :  $1,633,800

Three-year rental subsidy        :  $129,300

Number of units         :  13

Project Description: 

Cascade Meadows Senior Apartments will be the first HUD-funded housing and the first designated senior housing in Cascade Locks.  It will provide 13 new apartments specifically designed with the needs of seniors in mind.  It will be located within walking distance of the library, city hall, stores, restaurants and medical offices.  In addition, the City of Cascade Locks is exploring funding options to develop a community center in the property adjacent to the apartments.

WASHINGTON

Section 811 - Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities

Project Location                      :  Spokane, WA

Non-Profit Sponsor                 :  Spokane Mental Health Coordinating Association

Capital Advance                                 :  $1,726,100

Three-year rental subsidy        :  $168,300

Number of units                      :  15

Project Description                             : 

The funds will be used to construct 14 one-bedroom units for very-low income persons with mental disabilities and one two-bedroom resident manager unit.  Public transportation will be available from Spokane Transit throughout the day and is within close proximity of the project.  Residents will have easy access to shopping and medical facilities.  A case manager will be provided to help residents with reintegration through development of independent living skills and educational and vocational rehabilitation.

Section 811 – Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities

Project Location                      :  Vancouver, WA

Non-Profit Sponsor                 :  Columbia Nonprofit Housing

Capital Advance                                 :  $1,785,400

Three-year rental subsidy        :  $140,100

Number of units                      :  14

Project Description                             : 

This 14 unit apartment complex will provide housing for very low-income people with disabilities.  It is expected that it will attract primarily one-person households who have a wide variety of physical disabilities. DisAbility Resources of Southwest Washington (DARSW) will be the coordinating service provider for the project, although the tenants will have the choice of using other service providers if desired. Through DARSW, the tenants can access information and referral to community resources, skills instruction, advocacy, as well as peer support/counseling.

Section 202 - Supportive Housing for the Elderly

Project Location          :  Omak, WA

Non-Profit Sponsor:  Okanogan County Community Action

Council

Capital Advance                     :  $1,158,500

Three-year rental subsidy        :  $101,100

Number of units         :  10

Project Description: 

The funds will be used to construct nine one-bedroom units for very low-income elderly persons and one two-bedroom unit for a resident manager.  Okanogan Community Action Council will offer a variety of health care services to residents and a case manager will be provided to help in accessing, obtaining, and effectively using the necessary services.  Transportation services are available for persons eligible to and from social services, medical and health services, meal programs, senior centers, shopping and recreational activities.

Section 202 - Supportive Housing for the Elderly

Project Location          :  White Center, WA

Non-Profit Sponsor    :  Providence Health Services

Capital Advance                     :  $8,297,800

Three-year rental subsidy        :  $767,400

Number of units         :  55

Project Description: 

The funds will be used to construct 54 one-bedroom units for very low-income elderly persons and one two-bedroom unit for a resident manager.  Providence Senior and Community Services will offer a continuum of health care services to the residents and a Service Coordinator is being provided on site to help particularly frail residents assess and prioritize their needs.  A shuttle will be offered to take residents on weekly grocery trips and outings.

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HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and  transform the way HUD does business. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and espanol.hud.gov

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