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City's Housing Authority gets $344,000 federal grant

News-Sentinel - 1/29/2020

Jan. 29--The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded over $911,000 across Indiana to provide affordable housing options for 145 individuals with disabilities, including nearly $344,000 to the Fort Wayne Housing Authority to assist 56 individuals with disabilities gain access to housing.

This amount is part of $131.3 million awarded to 325 local public housing authorities across the country to provide affordable housing to approximately 15,363 additional non-elderly persons with disabilities.

"I'm encouraged by the U.S. Housing & Urban Development's investment in our community and residents," Mayor Tom Henry said in a statement. "Congratulations to our partners at the Fort Wayne Housing Authority for earning this award; it will help hundreds of local residents find employment or advance in their current job, as well as allow individuals with disabilities to live independently in safe and affordable housing."

"Fort Wayne Housing Authority is committed to identifying resources that will remove barriers that prevent individuals or families in our community from securing affordable housing," stated George Guy, FWHA CEO and executive director. "The Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Program does just that. These vouchers will create unprecedented access to housing for individuals with disabilities and create a pathway for them to live independently."

"At HUD we're committed to ensuring people with disabilities have a decent, safe, and affordable place to live," HUD Secretary Ben Carson stated. "The funding announced today allows our local partners to continue helping residents with disabilities live independently."

The housing assistance announced is provided through HUD's Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Program, which provides funding to housing agencies to assist non-elderly persons with disabilities, particularly those who are transitioning out of institutional or other separated settings; at serious risk of institutionalization; currently experiencing homelessness; previously experienced homelessness and currently a client in a permanent supportive housing or rapid rehousing project; or at risk of becoming homeless.

This program helps to further the goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act by helping persons with disabilities live in the most integrated setting. The program also encourages partnerships with health and human service agencies with a demonstrated capacity to coordinate voluntary services and supports to enable individuals to live independently in the community.

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