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Affordable Housing in Your Community: What You Need to Know! What You Need to Do!
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This issue of Opening Doors focuses on the two important strategic plans that control billions of federal housing dollars. One of these plans, the Consolidated Plan (ConPlan), was discussed in a past issue of Opening Doors, and controls access to over $6 billion in HUD funding that is critically important to the disability community. For example, resources administered by this plan can be used to provide rental assistance to people with disabilities or assist a landlord in making access modifications to their property. The second plan, the Public Housing Agency Plan, is newly mandated by federal law and dictates how Public Housing Agencies (also known as Public Housing Authorities) allocate resources in their communities, in particular the Section 8 rental assistance and public housing programs. Increasingly, as other federal housing options for people with disabilities
disappear due to “elderly only” housing designation, the federal housing funds allocated directly to cities and states each year and controlled by these two housing plans have become one of the only resources available for expanding affordable housing opportunities for people with disabilities in communities where they want to live. (Opening Doors)
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