HUD and HHS Announce Joint Effort to Assist 1000 People with Disabilities to Move from Institution to Community

Posted by Pam Blanton on January 6, 2011

WASHINGTON– U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan and Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today a joint partnership between the two agencies to help nearly 1,000 non-elderly Americans with disabilities leave nursing homes or other healthcare facilities to live independently.  This is the first time two federal agencies are offering a combination of rental assistance, health care and other supportive services targeted to this population.

HUD is providing $7.5 million in rental assistance vouchers that will help nearly 1,000 individuals with disabilities rent private apartments.  Public housing authorities in 15 states will administer the rental subsidies and will work with state human service agencies to identify eligible individuals who could benefit from the program.  For a local breakdown of the funding announced today, visit HUD’s Web site.

Individuals receiving rental assistance through the program will also receive health and social supports that will enable them to live independently.  These supports are provided through the HHS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid’s “Money Follows the Person” (MFP) grant program, which allows individuals who qualify for Medicaid-funded nursing home or other institutional care to receive supports – such as in-home nursing and personal care services – while living in the community instead.  In places where the MFP program is not available, services will be provided by a state-sponsored institutional transitional program comparable to MFP that includes dedicated supportive services.  READ MORE

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