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Federal officials send millions of dollars to local housing authorities to meet the needs of people with disabilities. (Shutterstock)

Federal officials say they are distributing millions of dollars in new housing assistance for people with disabilities.

According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, more than $36 million in so-called mainstream vouchers will go to 218 public housing corporations in 46 states.

Of the funds, $23 million will be used for 2,391 new vouchers to help people with disabilities exit or avoid institutions or homelessness, officials said.

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The remaining money will help public housing agencies and their community partners to help people find housing, help with moving-in costs and allow the agencies to run landlord engagement activities.

“Every person with a disability has the right to live and participate fully in the community and not be relegated to institutional arrangements or homelessness,” said Marcia L. Fudge, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. “The funding that HUD is awarding today will provide additional resources to communities to help people with disabilities leave or avoid institutional settings and exercise their rights to live in the community.”

Mainstream vouchers are aimed at households with people with disabilities between the ages of 18 and 62. Federal housing officials say they have awarded more than $500 million to public housing companies for 50,000 new vouchers under the program since 2018.

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