|HUD No. 00-318|
|Further Information:||For Release|
|In the Washington, DC area: 202/708-0685||Wednesday|
|Or contact your local HUD office||December 6, 2000|
HUD Grants to Convert Senior Housing to Assisted Living
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CUOMO AWARDS "FIRST EVER" GRANTS TO CONVERT LOW-INCOME SENIOR HOUSING INTO ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES
WASHINGTON - Elderly Americans across the country will soon find themselves living in upgraded apartments equipped to meet their health care and physical needs. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo today announced grants totaling nearly $20 million to help convert existing low income senior housing into assisted living facilities.
The grants are awarded through HUD's Section 202 Assisted Living Conversion Program, which is part of the Administration's $779 million Housing Security Plan for Older Americans, an initiative to expand the housing options for more than 300,000 low-income seniors.
"These grants will enable our nation's elderly to live in familiar surroundings as they age and need more specialized features and support services in order to remain independent," said HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo, who made the announcement during a telephone conference call with reporters.
Cuomo said that in many cases when low-income residents become more frail, "nursing homes are their only option because privately funded assisted living facilities are too expensive. These grants, however, will provide an affordable option to nursing homes."
The grants are being awarded to projects in 12 states including Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Rhode Island and Vermont.
"The American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging commends HUD for these grants," said William L. Minnix, Jr., AAHSA president-designate. "They are an important means for promoting AAHSA's and HUD's shared goal of developing an affordable continuum of care with housing and services for low-income elderly in every community."
"The Assisted Living Federation of America believes this important new grant program is the right step in helping providers fulfill their promise to seniors, particularly very-low-income seniors," said Gerard Holder, executive director of ALFA's Senior Housing Council. "We know that the overwhelming choice of seniors is to live in their own homes -- in residential, community-based settings -- with dignity and independence for as long as possible. This program will enable many to do just that."
When the conversions are completed, the facilities will accommodate frail elderly people and people with disabilities who can live independently but who need help with eating, bathing, grooming, dressing and managing their homes. Among other things, these conversions will add bars and ramps and construct dining facilities and nursing stations.
Because HUD funding covers only construction costs, project owners are responsible for providing support services such as personal care, transportation, meals, housekeeping and laundry. The funding for these services will be provided by a number of state and local agencies, private grants and donations.
The grants were awarded competitively on the basis of the:
The following listing is a breakdown by state of the dollar amounts awarded today:
HUD's Housing Security Plan for Older Americans provides a full range of options -- a continuum of care -- to meet the housing needs of America's senior citizens. In addition to the funding announced today, the plan: