City of Lincoln
2006 Media Releases
Lincoln’s disabled population will have new housing opportunities
Mayor Coleen Seng today announced that the Lincoln Housing Authority (LHA) has been awarded an additional $526,062 over the next five years by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD). The funding, provided by HUD’s 2005 Mainstream Housing Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities Program, will allow the LHA to provide 20 additional Section 8 rental housing vouchers for households that include persons with disabilities.
“This is wonderful news for our disabled population,” said Mayor Seng. “I can’t thank our friends at HUD and the Housing Authority enough for what they’re doing for those with disabilities in our community.”
“The allocation of 20 new rental vouchers for a five-year period will allow the Lincoln Housing Authority to provide new housing opportunities for Lincoln’s disabled,” said Larry Potratz, LHA’s Executive Director. “The additional vouchers will be given to disabled clients currently on LHA’s Section 8 waiting list.”
LHA’s current waiting list has more than 1,600 households waiting for Section 8 rental assistance. Of those 1,600 households, about 256 are households that include persons with disabilities.
Because of limited funding, HUD has awarded Mainstream Housing Opportunity vouchers on a competitive basis nationally. “We are pleased that HUD could award these valuable vouchers to the Lincoln Housing Authority,” said Stan Quy, Director of HUD’s area office in Omaha. “The award of these vouchers addresses a great need for assisted housing for the state’s disabled population.”
The Section 8 rental voucher program allows qualified tenants to have a choice of rental units within the community. Tenants pay 30 percent of their income toward rent. The LHA uses the HUD voucher assistance to pay the difference between the tenant’s 30-percent contribution for rent and the contract rent approved for a unit owned by a private landlord. LHA currently administers more than 2,800 HUD vouchers for the City of Lincoln. Once a family no longer needs or qualifies for Section 8 voucher rental assistance, the unused voucher is reissued to the next household on LHA’s Section 8 waiting list.