Section 811 Factsheet

Overview: In a collaborative partnership, the California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA), Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), California Department of Developmental Services, (DDS), and California Tax Credit Allocation Committee (TCAC) will administer California’s Section 811 Project Rental Assistance Demonstration (Section 811) program to provide permanent supportive housing for extremely low-income persons with disabilities, particularly those who reside in a long-term care facility and desire to return to community living. A primary barrier to returning to the community from a long-term facility is lack of affordable housing.

Background: The State of California was awarded nearly $24 million in the first two funding rounds of Section 811 Project Rental Assistance by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide five-year renewable rental assistance to affordable housing projects serving persons with disabilities. The funds will be administered with specific criteria as defined by each Round.

Round I

Accepting Applications

Approximately $2 million in Section 8 project-based rental assistance has become available under Round 1 of the Section 8 Project Rental Assistance (PRA) program. Units provided this rental assistance would need to be occupied by PRA-eligible tenants no later than September 30, 2020.

Round II

Accepting Applications Beginning March 16, 2016

HUD Round II awarded $11,985,436 as amended February 2018 to provide project-based rental subsidies throughout the State for adults with disabilities living in a long-term care facility who qualify for community-based services and supports under the Medi-Cal program but lack affordable housing options. The program can also serve individuals with disabilities including but not limited to persons with Developmental Disabilities, persons at risk of moving into an inpatient facility or into a more restrictive living arrangement (e.g. residential facility, group home) due to loss of housing, and high utilizers of Medi-Cal funded services. The individuals must be receiving or eligible to receive Long-term Services and Supports paid for by Medi-Cal through a Home and Community-based Services Medi-Cal waiver program, other Medi-Cal waiver, Rehabilitation Option Specialty Mental Health Services a State Plan service, or through a Medi-Cal Managed Care Plan.

Goals: The Section 811 funding will advance several critical California goals:

  • Enhancing opportunities for people with disabilities to live in integrated community settings
  • Reducing the costs associated with institutionalization for people who need access to affordable housing in order to avoid institutionalization, or who may otherwise end up homeless