HUD launches new grant to help seniors age in place

Source: D. B. King

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced a new grant designed to help low-income seniors age in place.

The $15 million grant will be used to test HUD’s Supportive Services Demonstration for Elderly Households in HUD-Assisted Multifamily Housing, which is designed to help low-income seniors age in their own homes and delay or avoid the need for nursing home care, HUD said in a press release. The program will offer three-year grants that will cover the cost of a full-time enhanced service coordinator and a part-time wellness nurse for eligible owners of HUD-assisted senior housing developments.

“The purpose of the Demonstration is to test the effectiveness of this enhanced supportive services model for elderly households and to evaluate the value of enhanced service coordination paired with affordable housing for seniors,” HUD said.

An independent evaluation will be conducted to determine the impact the enhanced supportive services model has on aging in place in HUD-assisted senior developments, avoiding early transitions to institutional care and preventing unnecessary and often costly health care events—such as some emergency room visits and hospitalizations—for residents in HUD-assisted senior development’s, HUD said.

Several research initiatives were used to put together the design of the demonstration, HUD said.

“HUD and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services collaborated on several research initiatives to inform the design of this Demonstration including a study in 2010 to identify promising models for aging in place in assisted housing and to develop a design for a seniors and services demonstration intended to support aging in place, and an evaluation launched in 2012 of the Support and Services at Home demonstration in Vermont,” HUD said in the release. “Lessons from each have informed the design of the demonstration announced today.”

Respective grantees are required to submit applications via www.grants.gov, HUD said.

 

Beatrice Bell is a vendor and a writer for Spare Change News.

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