|HUD No. 00-52|
|Further Information:||For Release|
|In the Washington, DC area: 202/708-0685||Tuesday|
|Or contact your local HUD office||March 14, 2000|
CUOMO AWARDS $5.2 MILLION TO HELP ELDERLY AND DISABLED PEOPLE CONTINUE LIVING INDEPENDENTLY AT HOME
WASHINGTON - Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo today awarded $5.2 million in grants to help more than 5,500 low-income elderly people and people with disabilities living in HUD-subsidized housing get health care, meals and other supportive services.
"These grants will improve the lives of some of our most vulnerable citizens by helping them get the supportive services they need to live in their own apartments, keeping them out of nursing homes and institutions where they don't want to go," Cuomo said.
The grants will go to owners of 54 privately owned apartment developments in 24 states and Puerto Rico that receive housing assistance from HUD to house low-income people.
The owners will use the grants to employ service coordinators, who will help the elderly and people with disabilities living in the developments get the supportive services that enable them to live independently.
HUD Deputy Secretary Saul Ramirez announced the grants today at the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging Conference in Washington. The group represents not-for-profit organizations that provide healthcare, housing and services to the nation's elderly.
Total grants for each state are:
|Alabama $71,847||Missouri $245,191|
|California $766,116||Nebraska $105,126|
|Connecticut $129,884||New York $274,656|
|Florida $478,958||Nevada $50,504|
|Georgia $196,473||North Carolina $126,223|
|Illinois $167,004||Ohio $531,503|
|Indiana $130,920||Puerto Rico $100,807|
|Iowa $220,991||Tennessee $83,791|
|Kansas $118,592||Texas $312,804|
|Massachusetts $237,150||Utah $125,449|
|Michigan $159,305||Virginia $101,944|
|Minnesota $56,317||Washington $371,079|
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.