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May 17, 2012

Low-Income Housing Support

Federal government representatives plan to provide $85 million to states to provide more rental assistance to those with physical/mental challenges.  The reason is because many people in this population earn low benefits from Supplemental Security Income (SSI). 
“The Section 811 program is a lifeline for people in the disability community who want to live normal lives in society, but cannot afford the cost of even modest rental housing,” said Andrew Sperling who leads the housing task force at the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, a coalition of about 100 disability organizations.
To be eligible for the financing, people with physical/mental challenges must earn at least 30% of the average income where they reside.  President Barack Obama’s staff said that state housing agencies may apply for the funding through July 2012.  Approximately the money is supposed to provide help through 2,800+ people cross country with physical/mental challenges. 
President Barack Obama’s stated housing agencies will apply for the rental insurance with the department of human services and the Medicaid agencies to qualify for funding.  This reasoning is because so people can know who has the greatest demand for it.  Activists applauded the move for wanting people with physical/mental challenges to reside in a community-living area.

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