HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 06-000
(202) 708-0685
For Release
November 2, 2006

Grants will help two rural housing and development programs statewide

WASHINGTON - Elderly Americans in Phoenix, Arizona, will soon find themselves living in upgraded apartments
equipped to meet their physical needs thanks to a $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. HUD today announced the grant to help convert elderly units in Christian Care Manor II in Phoenix
into an assisted living facility for the frail elderly.

"This grant will provide an affordable option to nursing home placement for elderly persons," said HUD Regional
Director Richard Rainey. "It allows the elderly an opportunity to age in place and not have to move from their familiar surroundings as they become older and need supportive services."

Assisted living facilities are designed to accommodate low-income elderly and persons with disabilities who can live independently but need assistance with activities of daily living, such as assistance with eating, bathing, grooming, dressing and home management activities. These affordable facilities provide support services such as personal
care, transportation, meals, and housekeeping.

Since the funds awarded under the Assisted Living Conversion Program do not cover the costs of these services, the project owners must provide the service funds either directly or through a third party. The projects receiving funding today will be providing services through a number of sources including their State Home Health Care programs, State Assisted Living Services funds, Congregate Housing Services Program funds, Service Coordinator funds and private grants and donations.

The grants were awarded on a competitive basis. During the review process, items taken into consideration included: the extent to which the conversion is needed by the persons that the project is intended to serve; the quality and effectiveness of the proposal in addressing the proposed conversion including the meals and supportive services
which the project intends to provide; the ability of the project owner to secure other community resources which
can be combined with the grant to achieve the program's purposes; as well as the capacity of the project owner to carry out the conversion in a timely and effective manner.

The owners are responsible for ensuring that converted units meet all local standards, codes and regulations governing assisted living facilities. The projects must also be licensed and regulated by the appropriate governing body.

HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development, and enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet and


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