William McGonagle, the BHA's administrator, has argued that the change is needed to adapt to the city's demographics on its aging population, which have shifted dramatically since the last change in the HUD formula back in 1999.
City officials have estimated that over the next nine years, 90 percent of new demand for housing in these BHA units will come from elderly residents.
Meanwhile, the BHA
says that the proportion of non-elderly disabled applicants has declined by 14.5 percent.
proposed giving Section 8 vouchers to non-elderly-disabled residents to secure private housing.
The plan won unanimous support from the Boston City Council
earlier this year, but the HUD approval was the only official hurdle that matters.
In a statement on Monday, McGonagle
hailed the HUD decision.
is pleased that HUD
has approved our plan to provide additional affordable housing options for Boston's elderly residents.
This is a step in the right direction," he