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September 4, 2018

This is very welcome news.  For the first time in a number of years HUD has the capacity to increase the number of “mainstream” rental vouchers, increasing the opportunity for non-elderly persons with disabilities to live in the community rather in than in an institution.  We’re confident our region’s housing authorities will make good use of these additional resources.

Jeff McMorris, HUD Northwest Regional Administrator

For Immediate Release:

Tuesday, September 4,  2018

                                 Northwest News UpDate



Will enable them to avoid institutionalization & live independently

SEATTLE – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded  19 housing authorities in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon & Washington almost 1,000 additional “mainstream” rental vouchers for non-elderly persons with disabilities.

Today’s announcement will provide 50 additional rental vouchers to non-elderly persons with disabilities in Alaska, 142 vouchers in Idaho, 366 vouchers in Oregon and 408 vouchers in Washington State with a total annual dollar value of $$7,112,410 in HUD rent subsidies.

Nationwide, today HUD awarded $98.5 million to 285 local public housing authorities across the country to provide permanent affordable housing to 11,931 additional non-elderly persons with disabilities.  See the local impact of the housing assistance announced today.

The housing assistance announced today is provided through the HUD’s Section 811 Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Program which provides funding to housing agencies to assist non-elderly persons with disabilities who are transitioning out of institutional or other separated settings; at serious risk of institutionalization; homeless; or at risk of becoming homeless.

“HUD is committed to making sure people with disabilities have a decent, safe and affordable place to call home,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “Working closely with our local partners, we help residents with disabilities live independently and fully enjoy the use of their homes.”

“With tight housing markets in virtually every community in our region, these are especially welcome funds,” said HUD Northwest Regional Administrator Jeff McMorris, “providing almost 1,000  additional households with non-elderly members with disabilities the resources they need to live in and make contributions to the communities they call home.”

The following housing authorities in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington State receiving awards today include:

ALASKA Alaska Housing Finance Corporation Anchorage 50 $421,110
AK  TOTAL 50 $42,110
IDAHO Housing Authority of the City of Pocatello Pocatello 22 $116,094
Boise City Housing Authority Boise 45 $263,915
Ada Co. Housing Authority Boise 25 $146,598
Idaho Housing and Finance Association Statewide 50 $215,448,
ID TOTAL 142 $526,607
OREGON Housing Authority of Clackamas County Oregon City 41 $329,440
Housing Authority of Portland Portland 99 $859,079
Housing Authority & Comm Services of Lane Co. Eugene 33 $190,278
Housing Authority of Jackson County Medford 35 $180,173
Housing Authority of Yamhill County McMinnville 45 $325,772
Housing Authority of Washington County Hillsboro 45 $425,580
Mid-Columbia Housing Authority The Dalles 28 $70,188
Central Oregon Regional Housing Authority Redmond 40 $273,812
OR TOTAL 366 $2,654,322
WASHINGTON Seattle Housing Authority Seattle 79 $813,906
Housing Authority of King County Seattle 99 $894,363
Housing Authority of the City of Vancouver Vancouver 40 $361,298
Housing Authority of Snohomish County Everett 50 $628,200
Housing Authority of Thurston County Olympia 50 $298,698
Housing Authority of City of Spokane Spokane 90 $513,906
WA TOTAL 408 $3,510,371
REGION X TOTAL 966 $7,112,410


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.