December 3, 2003
HUD AWARDS OVER $30 MILLION TO HELP THE ELDERLY AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES CONTINUE TO LIVE INDEPENDENTLY AT HOME
South Dakota Receives $261,462 for Mitchell and Vermillion
WASHINGTON - Housing and Urban Development Secretary Mel Martinez today announced $30.9 million in service coordinator grants to provide more than 23,000 low-income elderly and residents with disabilities in federally supported housing with assistance to identify and receive health care, meals and other critical support services.
is helping older Americans and those with disabilities get the housing
they need and these grants will help provide the services that will
enable them to remain in their homes, connected to their communities
said Secretary Martinez.
"Of those grants," HUD Region VIII Director John Carson explains, "South Dakota receives two grants totaling
$261,462 for projects in Mitchell and Vermillion, South Dakota."
grants are directed to owners of private housing developments that
receive money from HUD to house low-income individuals. The owners
or their management companies then either hire or contract service
with backgrounds in providing social services, especially to the frail elderly and people with disabilities, to assist
their residents with special needs," said Regional Director Carson.
South Dakota's recipients of HUD grants announced today are:
Greenridge Apartments, Ltd., for 48 units in Mitchell---$130,731
Town Square, 505 West Main, LTD., in Vermillion for 40 units---$130,731
notes that as the U.S. population ages and the number of older Americans
grows, there will be an increased
need for programs to help the elderly continue living independently in their homes.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were 35 million people age 65 years or older in the U.S. in 2000, and it estimates that by 2050 that number will climb to 80 million.
Each year, HUD provides rental assistance to approximately 1.5 million elderly low-income households so that they may live in decent, safe and affordable homes.
is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership,
particularly among minorities, creating affordable housing opportunities
for low-income Americans, supporting the homeless, elderly, people
with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also
promotes economic and community development as well as
enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet.