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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 16, 2011


Funding Will Support Community Services’ Efforts to Revitalize Programs for Disabled in Our Community

Schumer: Protecting Housing For Those With Disabilities Is the Right Thing For Our Community During These Tough Economic Times

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded 1,849,500 to Suburban Adult Services Inc. (SASi). This Section 811Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities grant will be used to support SASi’s  efforts to revitalize and sustain affordable housing for people with disabilities in Elma. SASi will build a 12 unit apartment house for higher functioning handicapped individuals.


“Investing in local communities and creating housing that persons with disabilities can afford is just what New York needs,” Schumer said. “During these tough economic times, it’s more important than ever to focus on communities and housing, as many families are struggling to simply make ends meet. I applaud HUD’s decision to award Section 202 funding to SASi.”


SASi is a not for profit organization dedicated to providing physically and mentally challenged individuals with programs and services that will enable them to lead meaningful lives and be as independent as possible. SASi Individual Residential Alternatives (IRAs) offer individuals with developmental disabilities a greater sense of freedom and independence, while providing a clean and safe living environment that they are proud to call home. With locations throughout Erie County, Cattaraugus County, and Wyoming County, IRA’s offer a full-range of services including: nursing, behavior supports, nutritional supports, recreation, and social supports. All services are designed to develop skills, emphasize individuality and identify goals, while respecting and accommodating each individual's choice and preferences. All sites have a committed team of staff and management to ensure a high quality of care and to provide the individuals with support and supervision. SASI staff members provide training to enhance the skills and abilities of each individual. The individuals and staff are involved in daily activities such as meal preparation, housekeeping, self-care tasks, shopping and community activities.


The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Multifamily Housing Programs works to provide thousands of senior citizens and persons with disabilities with access to affordable supportive housing each year.  The funding will provide interest-free capital advances and other assistance to non-profit sponsors so they can produce accessible housing, offer rental assistance, and facilitate supportive services for the elderly and persons with disabilities.  The grants will be provided through HUD's Sections 202 and 811 Supporting Housing programs. These funds will assist 189 developments in 41 different states plus Puerto Rico, totaling over 4800 units.


Section 811 Capital Advances total $137 million nationwide to assist elderly individuals in finding affordable housing.  An additional $12.6 million will be available for project rental assistance contracts. 




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