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Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities program

The Section 811 Project Rental Assistance Program is a federally funded initiative created by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to assist extremely low-income people with disabilities to live independently in the community (rather than in institutionalized settings like nursing and group homes) by providing rental subsidies to landlords, and voluntary supportive services to program participants.

In March 2015, RIHousing received an award of approximately $5.6 million, which is anticipated to provide project-based rental assistance for 150 units statewide for 5 years. Renewal funding is expected to support rental subsidies for these units for an additional 15 years.

This program can assist with “project based” rental assistance for up to 150 disabled individuals and families. Eligible Properties must have at least 5 units, can be new or existing, and up to 25% of the entire property can be utilized for the program. In order to participate, the owner will enter into a Rental Assistance Contract (RAC) for 20 years and execute a “Use Agreement” restricting a specific number of units in a property for use within the Section 811 PRA program for a minimum of 30 years.

Tenant Eligibility
To participate in the PRA program, tenants must meet the following criteria:
  1. Meet extremely low-income financial standards that are less than or equal to 30% of the Area Median Income
  2. Be between the ages of 18 and 61
  3. Meet the definition of a "disabled" person as defined by HUD
  4. Be considered both financially and clinically eligible for community-based long term care services and supports and be likely to continue to meet financial and clinical eligibility criteria for the foreseeable future; be eligible for services through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Expansion and eligible to receive a variety of community-based long term care services and supports provided through the 1115 Waiver, Medicaid state plan options, state funded services, or other appropriate services related to the type of disability targeted under this PRA program.
Qualified Section 811 tenants must be:
  1. Individuals living in institutional settings who:
    1. have indicated a desire to reside and receive services and supports in a community based setting;
    2. have been assessed and identified by the Nursing Home Transition Program (NHTP), Money Follows the Person (MFP) program or Managed Care Organization (MCO) as appropriate for safe transition and who can live independently with services and supports in place; or
    3. reside in Mental Health, Psychiatric Rehabilitative Residences and who can live independently.


  2. Individuals who are on the Rhode Island Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Universal Wait List and determined to be high users of Medicaid services. To reach this population, RIHousing staff will attend Coordinated Entry System Placement Committee meetings to ensure potential applicants are linked with housing opportunities through Section 811.
Additional Eligibility Requirements and Criteria for the Development and Units

The Program provides rental assistance to affordable housing developments financed with federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits, HOME funds, or other governmental funding sources. Section 811 rental assistance may be used in a development that already contains some project-based units or other long term operating assistance, but cannot be used for units that already receive a project-based or long-term operating subsidy (or have received any such subsidy within the previous 6 months).

Participating owners will provide primarily one-bedroom and efficiency units for leasing in connection with the Program. RIHousing will also consider studio and single room occupancy (SRO) units. It is preferable that properties offer some two-bedroom units to accommodate tenants’ needs. The final unit mix will be approved by RIHousing based on demand. It is also necessary for the properties to provide access to community amenities such jobs, transportation, recreation, retail services, health care and social services.

Next Steps
If you own or manage a property that meets the criteria listed in the Section 811 Fact Sheet we encourage you to submit a proposal.

If you have any questions, please contact Latoshia Denson at 401-450-1329, ldenson@rihousing.com.
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