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.
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.
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.
According to a recent update, properties with service coordinators should seek to budget-base their funding for greater stability.
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.
LeadingAge and the Elderly Housing Coalition hosted an informative 1-hour briefing targeted at Capitol Hill staffers to highlight the nexus between affordable housing and supportive services, as a rational way to address the needs of low-income seniors.