|HUD No. 00-13|
|Further Information:||For Release|
|In the Washington, DC area: 202/708-0685||Thursday|
|Or contact your local HUD office||January 20, 2000|
CUOMO AWARDS $9.3 MILLION TO HELP ELDERLY AND DISABLED PEOPLE IN 40 STATES CONTINUE LIVING INDEPENDENTLY AT HOME
WASHINGTON - Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo today awarded $9.3 million in grants to help low-income elderly people and people with disabilities get health care, meals and other supportive services they need to continue living in HUD-subsidized housing in 40 states.
Public housing authorities will use the Resident Opportunities Self-Sufficiency Program funds to employ service coordinators who will help the elderly and people with disabilities in HUD housing get the supportive services that enable them to live independently.
"These grants will help older Americans and people with disabilities stay out of nursing homes and institutions and continue living in their homes," Cuomo said. "They will help families stay together and improve the lives of some of our most vulnerable citizens."
The grants will go to 97 public housing authorities in 40 states.
Using service coordinators to act as community service liaisons for seniors and disabled people is part of President Clinton's Housing Security Plan. Goals of the plan include:
- Helping seniors remain in their own homes and connect to their families and communities.
- Expanding affordable housing opportunities for lower income seniors.
- Improving the range and coordination of affordable housing and supportive service combinations available to seniors.
Total grants for each state are:
Each year, HUD assists approximately 1.5 million elderly low-income renter households with public and assisted housing and tenant-based rental assistance to provide decent, safe, and affordable housing opportunities.
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 Census Bureau, there were 34.6 million people age 65 years or older in the United States in 1999.
The Census Bureau estimates that by year 2100, the number of people 65 and older will climb to 131 million. This projection is based on current population trends.