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Housing Plus Services

Housing plus services is an exciting component of affordable senior housing, offering low-income seniors more opportunity to remain independent and in their own homes.

LeadingAge is working with HUD and Congress to create more opportunities for expanding and researching housing with services. This section provides updates on these national efforts as well as examples of LeadingAge members who are implementing successful housing plus services models in their communities. 

In addition, the Leading Age Center for Applied Research has been studying the role that housing plus services could play in meeting the growing need for health and long-term services and supports among low-income elders. You can check out the Center for Applied Research’s work in housing plus services

We've featured some articles below, but be sure to check out all of our senior housing content.

 

Featured Content

Service Coordinator Funding: Latest Announcements and Updates

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. These grant awards have long been anticipated, as the applications were submitted in October of 2013 -- and that was already on a very delayed schedule. Also, a new listserv for service coordinators has also been created by HUD.

Resolution Honoring Service Coordinators Introduced in U.S. House of Representatives

On Sept. 17, Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH) introduced H. Res. 729, a resolution to designate September 19 as National Service Coordinator Day. The move comes as the American Association of Service Coordinators (AASC) celebrates 15 years of dedicated advocacy for and service to the profession of service coordination.

LeadingAge Tells the U.S. Senate that Housing with Services Demonstration Must Move Forward

With fiscal year 2015 beginning soon after the upcoming congressional recess, we have contacted every senator to urge support for language allowing the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to use remaining 2014 funds, residual receipts, collections and other unobligated balances to keep the newly authorized housing with supportive services demonstration program moving forward in the next fiscal year. Appropriators in the U.S. House of Representatives included more restrictive language in their version of the spending bill. We will continue working to preserve the Senate language as the fiscal 2015 spending process continues.

Service Coordinator Grant Extensions and/or Project-Based Funding

According to a recent update, properties with service coordinators should seek to budget-base their funding for greater stability.

Study Documents Higher Health Costs Among HUD-Assisted Seniors

A new study has, for the first time, successfully linked administrative data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). An initial analysis of the data confirmed that HUD-assisted senior residents in the study areas were more likely to be dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. These residents were also sicker and more costly to both programs than their non-subsidized peers in the community.