SECTION 811 PROGRAM
Section 811 Program
The Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act of 2010 modernized and reformed HUD's Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities Program, creating the opportunity to develop thousands of new permanent supportive housing (PSH) units integrated within affordable housing properties every year.
Integrated supportive housing approaches respond to the community integration mandates of the U.S. Supreme Court's 1999 Olmstead decision, a landmark disability rights case affirming the right of people with disabilities to live in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs. Expansion of integrated supportive housing also directly relates to several aspects of the Affordable Care Act, such as the Money Follows the Person (MFP) Initiative.
The innovative Section 811 reforms have promoted a national expansion of integrated supportive housing by fostering partnerships among state housing and health and human service agencies to leverage mainstream affordable housing, Medicaid, and related community-based support services resources, and to ensure that people with disabilities most in need can access these new housing opportunities. The most significant innovation is the Section 811 Project Rental Assistance (PRA) option which - for the first time - provides cost-effective PRA subsidies directly to state housing agencies.
HUD has awarded over $200 million in Section 811 PRA funds to a total of 27 state housing agencies across the United States. These 811 PRA grantees are working to create over 5,000 integrated housing units for people with disabilities. Since 2015, over 2,300 households have moved into Section 811 PRA units.