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HUD No. 00-13
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Or contact your local HUD officeJanuary 20, 2000


Full description of grants

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:

State Amount State Amount
Alabama $71,264 Missouri $117,807
Alaska $29,164 Nevada $258,977
Arizona $178,121 New Hampshire $82,508
Arkansas $53,272 New Jersey $30,000
California $193,724 New Mexico $29,160
Colorado $50,000 New York $588,975
Connecticut $39,458 North Carolina $192,844
Florida $272,600 North Dakota $39,305
Illinois $921,426 Ohio $698,062
Indiana $34,586 Oklahoma $249,660
Iowa $94,612 Oregon $218,197
Kansas $32,030 Pennsylvania $559,391
Kentucky $60,600 Rhode Island $111,540
Louisiana $24,873 South Carolina $105,000
Maine $81,816 Tennessee $701,240
Maryland $165,124 Texas $500,774
Massachusetts $852,062 Virginia $328,599
Michigan $121,040 Washington $541,587
Minnesota $479,069 West Virginia $33,548
Mississippi $31,800 Wisconsin $146,563

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.


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