Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities Program

  1. Learn About the Section 811 Program.
  2. Apply to a Section 811 Property.

Step 1: Learn About the Section 811 Program.

The Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities program provides affordable apartment communities for low-income disabled persons. These properties are owned by private management companies or an individual private owner, which are often nonprofit organizations. Apartments at these properties have rental assistance attached to them, so that program participants pay 30% of their net income for rent. These developments serving disabled persons also often include supportive services allowing residents to live independently in the community.

To be eligible for a Section 811 apartment, at least one adult member of the household must have a disability. This includes physical disability, developmental disability and chronic mental illness. Single persons are eligible. Households must have very low incomes, which is 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI) where they are applying to live. In some properties built after 2012, applicants must have incomes below 30% AMI. Applicants do not need to document if they are a United States citizen or eligible noncitizen.

Section 811 apartment communities provide a range of services to help residents live independently in the community. Case management, employment services and expanded transportation options are common.

Step 2: Apply to a Section 811 Property.

For more information about how to apply for Section 811 apartments, read Affordable Housing Online’s Section 811 Housing for the Disabled Guide.