Section 202 and Section 811 Programs for the Elderly or Persons with Disabilities

The HUD Section 202 and Section 811 programs provide critical affordable housing to our nation’s elderly and persons who experience disabilities. The Section 202 and Section 811 programs became distinct programs in 1990; before that time, the Section 202 program served both populations. The Section 202 program funds development of affordable housing for elderly households. The Section 811 program provides non-profits with funding to provide supportive housing for disabled, very- and extremely-low-income persons.

Some Section 202 and Section 811 properties are unassisted. This means that tenants pay a budget-based rent based on the operating costs of the property. Newer Section 202/811 units exclusively receive rental assistance, meaning that tenants pay 30 percent of their adjusted income.


Statutory and Regulatory Authority

  • Statutes
    • Section 202, Housing Act of 1959
      • 12 U.S.C.A. § 1701q
    • Section 811, National Affordable Housing Act of 1990
      • 42 U.S.C.A § 8013
    • Select HUD Regulations
      • 24 C.F.R. Part 247 (evictions)
      • 24 C.F.R. Part 891 (supportive housing for the elderly and persons with disabilities)


Trainings and Webinars

  • Introduction to HUD Multifamily Programs (2017)
  • Subsidized Housing Basics, Part III: HUD Multifamily Programs (2014)