HUD (the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) is taking steps to help thousands of individuals with disabilities realize the dream of owning their own home. Their concern is that without a helping hand many of these people may have no choice but to live in an institution, or worse, end up with no home at all.
The agency will be providing $150 in rental assistance to 25 different state agencies that provide a place to live for people that find themselves in this situation and the states will use the influx of cash to provide permanent housing (and other necessary services) to those whom qualify. It is estimated that approximately 4,600 households with low income disabled persons will benefit from the program. In many cases it will allow people that are currently residing in a state funded institution to regain their own independence by living in their own home. This is only one of a number of joint efforts between HUD and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to assist those in need.
HUD Secretary Julián Castro stated that “Everyone needs a stable home to call their own; especially persons with disabilities who can live on their own yet are at risk of becoming homeless. These grants will provide real opportunity by cutting health care costs for states while allowing folks to live as independently as possible.”
HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell commented that “Communities and families are stronger when all citizens have the opportunity to fully participate and contribute to society. By providing permanent housing as well as access to needed supportive services, these grants are helping to fulfill the promise of productive, meaningful lives in their communities for people with disabilities.”
I, for one, am happy to see some of our tax dollars being used to help those that may be less fortunate than others.