Maryland Gets Funding for Rental Assistance

Dorothy Rowley | 5/1/2013, 10:34 p.m.
The state of Maryland will receive approximately $11 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through ...

CROWNSVILLE, MD -- The state of Maryland will receive approximately $11 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through HUD's Section 811

Project Rental Assistance Demonstration Program (PRA Demo).

The PRA Demo program provides rental assistance to extremely low-income persons with disabilities, many of whom are transitioning out of institutional settings

or are at high risk of homelessness.

"In Maryland, we believe in the dignity of every individual and that there is no such thing as a spare American," said Gov. Martin O'Malley.

"Working together with our local, state and federal partners, we've set out to build a strong, multi-faceted approach to combat homelessness in our state and protect the needs of our most vulnerable Marylanders. Thanks to the support of President Obama and our partners at HUD, Maryland now has additional resources to provide rental assistance to our neighbors withdisabilities."

Jane C.W. Vincent, regional administrator of HUD's Mid-Atlantic region, said her office is pleased to support the Department of Housing and Community Development's efforts to offer solutions for persons who might otherwise be homeless or institutionalized.

"Through the combined efforts of federal and state agencies, real progress is being made in preventing and ending homelessness" she said.

The $10.97 million received from HUD will provide five years of rental assistance for 150 units that will serve non-elderly persons with disabilities with incomes at or below 30 percent Area Median Income who receive Medicaid services.

"The Department of Housing and Community Development strives to expand affordable housing opportunities for all Marylanders," said Skinner. "This federal funding will provide critical rental assistance to some of our most at-risk citizens, giving them a safe and stable home and the support services needed to live independently."

Catherine A. Raggio, secretary, Maryland Department of Disabilities, added that Maryland's application for PRA Demo Program funds was a successful collaboration among state and local agencies across the affordable housing and disability services system.

Said Raggio:"The lack of affordable housing is one of the most critical issues facing individuals with disabilities today and these efforts will ensure that many Marylanders with disabilities will be able to live safely and independently in their communities."