State HFAs and their partners provide affordable housing for persons with special needs, including those with physical disabilities, mental illness, substance abuse and addictions, as well as homeless families, and the elderly, all of whom may need supportive services to succeed. NCSHA advocates to provide HFAs with the resources and flexibility to do this important work.
- Senior Housing: State HFAs and their partners provide affordable housing for seniors and the elderly through the Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly program, the Section 8 program, and other affordable housing programs. In addition, HFAs provide home equity conversion mortgages (HECM), an FHA-insured reverse mortgage, allowing seniors to access the equity in their home.
- Homeless Assistance: State HFAs offer homeless assistance through a number of programs authorized by the McKinney-Vento Act, including the emergency shelter grants (ESG) program and the shelter plus care (S+C) program, and through a blend of other affordable and supportive housing funds and programs, including state housing trust funds.
- Housing for Persons with Disabilities: Several HFAs are grantees of HUD’s Section 811 Project Rental Assistance (PRA) Program that seeks to identify, stimulate, and support successful and innovative state approaches to providing integrated supportive housing for people with disabilities.
- To find local housing assistance, please contact your state’s Housing Finance Agency (HFA).
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- NCSHA’s Annual Awards for Special Needs Housing
- HUD’s Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program Webpage
- HUD’s Homelessness Resource Exchange Webpage
- HUD’s Section 811 PRA Webpage
- June 8, 2018House Financial Services Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Homeless Children and Youth Act of 2017
On June 6, the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance held a hearing, “Legislative Review of H.R. 1511, the “Homeless Children and Youth Act of 2017,” introduced by Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Representative David Loebsack (D-IA).
- May 24, 2018House Financial Services Committee Advances Bills Aimed at Voucher Mobility, Transitional Housing
On May 22, the House Committee on Financial Services advanced the Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration Act of 2018, HR 5793, and the Transitional Housing for Recovery in Viable Environments Demonstration Program (THRIVE) Act, HR 5735.
- May 18, 2018House Financial Services Subcommittee Examines the State of Homelessness in America
On May 17, the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance held a hearing titled, “An Overview of Homelessness in America,” to examine homelessness and federal, state, and local efforts to reduce it.
Special Needs Housing - Resources
- December 13, 2016Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University | Projections and Implications for Housing a Growing Population: Older Adults 2015-2035
Over the next twenty years, the population aged 65 and over is expected to grow from 48 million to 79 million. Meanwhile, the number of households headed by someone in that age group will increase by 66 percent to almost 50 million—with the result that by 2035, an astounding one out of three American
- May 16, 2016Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University | The State of the Nation’s Housing 2015
One telling indicator of the state of the nation’s housing is the drop in the homeownership rate to just 64.5 percent last year, erasing nearly all of the increase in the previous two decades. The number of homeowners fell for the eighth straight year, signaling persistently weak demand in this key market segment. And the trend does not appear to be abating, with the national homeownership rate down to 63.7 percent in the first quarter of 2015.
- May 16, 2016Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University | America’s Rental Housing: Expanding Options for Diverse and Growing Demand
The decade-long surge in rental demand is unprecedented. In mid-2015, 43 million families and individuals lived in rental housing, up nearly 9 million from 2005—the largest gain in any 10-year period on record. In addition, the share of all US households that rent rose from 31 percent to 37 percent, its highest level since the mid-1960s.
- January 11, 2018HUD Awards Record $2 Billion to Thousands of Local Homeless Assistance Programs Across the U.S.https://www.hud.gov