Section 811 PRA: Successfully Supporting Independent Living for People with Disabilities

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Throughout history, people with disabilities have repeatedly been relegated to live in psychiatric hospitals, nursing homes, or substandard board and care facilities, while others face the risk of institutionalization as a result of homelessness.

Advocates have worked tirelessly to put an end to this practice, supporting programs that encourage community integration and emphasize personal autonomy and choice. All individuals, regardless of disability, deserve the opportunity to live in independent housing with access to services and supports in the community.
This right was affirmed by the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act of 2010 (the Melville Act), which authorized the Section 811 Project Rental Assistance (PRA) Program. The goal was to provide new, affordable, housing opportunities that would
allow people with disabilities to live independently in integrated settings.

Not only would this program ensure that individuals were offered the opportunity to live in housing of their choice, but would also reduce reliance on expensive institutional care.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Program Office of Multifamily Housing has since contracted with a total of 27 state housing agencies across the nation to implement the Section 811 PRA Program.

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