U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: Mainstream Voucher Program
Mainstream Vouchers (also called Housing Choice Vouchers) assist non-elderly persons with disabilities through offering vouchers to provide sustained community-based integrated housing opportunities. These vouchers help further the goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by targeting resources to assist eligible persons with disabilities and their families who are transitioning out of institutional or other segregated settings or at serious risk of institutionalization. One critical goal under the ADA is to ensure services, programs, and activities by public entities are provided in the most integrated setting appropriate to the needs of individuals with disabilities.
Applicants are encouraged to establish formal partnerships with multiple health and human service agencies or organizations with a demonstrated capacity to coordinate voluntary services and supports to enable individuals to live independently in the community. These partnerships should assist the Public Housing Authority (PHA) to use these vouchers by providing referrals, assisting with a timely transition to a unit, and providing the opportunity to access any supportive services and supports. In addition to receiving referrals from partner agencies, the PHA must allow non-elderly persons with disabilities to apply directly to the program without going through a partner agency. There is no limit to the number of agencies a PHA may partner with for referrals and supportive services.
Although PHAs may provide vouchers to any eligible non-elderly person with a disability, the review process awards more points to those PHAs that set up partnerships and preferences for eligible persons that are transitioning out of institutional or other segregated settings, at serious risk of institutionalization, homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless. In addition, points will be awarded for PHAs that formalize partnerships with and leverage resources from state Medicaid Agencies and various health and human services partner agencies or organizations.
Amount: A total of $100,000,000 is available to make up to 40 awards that range $75,000-$5,000,000 for a one year project period.
Eligibility: PHAs and non-profit organizations that already administer Housing Choice Vouchers are eligible to apply.
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