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.
For more information on NCSHA’s advocacy on special needs housing and supportive services, contact Althea Arnold, Legislative & Policy Associate, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Members of the media should contact Lisa Bowman, Director of Marketing and Communications, at email@example.com.
- 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
- March 22, 2018FY 2018 Omnibus Spending Bill Includes Significant Victories for HOME, Housing Credit, and Other Affordable Housing Programs
The House today approved a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill to fund the federal government for the remainder of Fiscal Year (FY) 2018.
- February 9, 2018Trump Administration Releases FY 2019 Budget Proposal Eliminating HOME and Other Federal Housing Programs
On February 12, the Administration sent Congress its formal Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Budget request, “Efficient, Effective, Accountable: An American Budget”.
- January 26, 2018Mayors and Business Leaders Launch Coalition to Combat Homelessness and Increase Investment in Affordable Housing
A bipartisan group of mayors and business leaders from around the country yesterday announced a new initiative to protect and expand current levels of federal spending for programs addressing the issues of affordable housing and homelessness.
Special Needs Housing - Resources
- December 13, 2016Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University Report on Older Households 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, 2016JCHS: 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, 2016JCHS: 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