SOMERVILLE, NJ - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded $125,232 to the Somerville Housing Authority, part of the $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.

HUD awarded $2,999,862 to eight housing authorities in New Jersey, including Somerville. Newark received $703,193; Elizabeth, $879,274; North Bergen, $339,430; Pleasantville, $232,917; Morris County, $232,767; Manville, $119,452 and Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey, $367,597.

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

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“Everyone deserves a place to call home and to enjoy the freedom that independent living provides,” said Lynne Patton, HUD Regional Administrator for New York and New Jersey.  “I am proud to work for an agency that takes care of this vulnerable population of rent-paying Americans and provides them with financial stability and personal independence.”    

The housing assistance is provided through the 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.