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On Sept. 23, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the award of 39 new Service Coordinator grants totaling nearly $7.5 million.
The grants will enable private housing developments that receive rental subsidies from HUD to house low-income individuals in 21 states, and their property owners or management companies to hire or contract service coordinators.
"Service coordinators connect senior citizens and those living with disabilities with the services they need to live independently," said HUD Secretary Julián Castro. "These grants will go a long way toward ensuring these vulnerable populations are well served and allowed to age in place."
The grants awarded today are designed for an initial three-year period to allow eligible owners of multifamily housing for the elderly or disabled, to hire and support a service coordinator.
The funds cover such costs as salary, benefits, quality assurance, training, office space, equipment, and other related administrative expenses.
A 2008 HUD report found aging in place reduces rates of premature institutionalization for low-income elderly residents, thus reducing the costs borne by taxpayers.
A new HUD listserv for multifamily housing service coordinators has also been created. Subscribe to the HUD listserv to receive timely announcements.
The Service Coordinators Fiscal Year 2013 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) was posted on Grants.Govon Aug. 15,
The announcement of funds available under the the Service Coordinators in Multifamily Housing for the Elderly/Disabled grant program for new grants is $7.5 million. One-year grant extensions for existing service coordinator grants were distributed in an earlier process.
These funds were appropriated for the FY beginning Oct. 1, 2012, through Sept. 30, 2013.
The Service Coordinator in Multifamily Housing Program provides funding for the employment and support of Service Coordinators in insured and assisted housing properties that were designed for the elderly or non-elderly persons with disabilities and continue to operate as such.
Service coordinators help residents obtain supportive services from the community that are needed to enable independent living and aging in place.
Due to the subsequent issuance of a technical correction, the deadline for applying for the NOFA is October 16, 2013.
Specific information regarding eligible applicants and other application information can be found on the Grants.gov. Once there, search on CFDA Number14.191.
Access all NOFA related information on HUD FY13 Service Coordinator NOFA Grants.
Questions on this NOFA may be directed to Carissa Janis, Housing Program Manager, at Carissa.L.Janis@hud.gov or (202) 708-3000. This number can be accessed via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Information Relay Service Operator at 800-877-8339.
Funds for the FY13 Assisted Living Conversion Program were announced on Sept 18. See separate article in this newsletter.
Be sure to check out more details on the ALCP program requirements.