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HUD No. 12-161
Brian Sullivan
(202) 708-0685
For Release
Tuesday
October 9, 2012

HUD GRANTS TO HELP THE ELDERLY AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES CONTINUE TO LIVE INDEPENDENTLY AT HOME

WASHINGTON - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Donovan today announced $31.3 million in grants to help more than 14,000 senior citizens and persons with disabilities to receive health care, meals, and other critical supportive services. The grants are awarded through HUD's Multifamily Housing Service Coordinator Program (MHSC). (See local impact here).

The grants are awarded to eligible owners of private housing developments that receive rental subsidies from HUD to house low-income individuals in 36 states and the District of Columbia. These property owners or their management companies either hire or contract service coordinators with backgrounds in providing social services, especially to the frail elderly and people with disabilities, to assist their residents with special needs.

"These service coordinators help us connect senior citizens and those living with disabilities with the services they need to live independently," said Donovan. "We're getting older as a nation and these grants go a long way toward ensuring these vulnerable populations are well served and allowed to age in place."

The grants are awarded today are designed for an initial three-year period to allow eligible owners of multifamily housing for the elderly or disabled, to hire and support a service coordinator. The funds cover such costs as salary, benefits, quality assurance, training, office space, equipment, and other related administrative expenses. A 2008 HUD report (www.huduser.org/portal/publications/hsgspec/serv_coord.html) found aging in place reduces rates of premature institutionalization for low-income elderly residents, thus reducing the costs borne by taxpayers.

As the U.S. population ages and the number of older Americans grows, there will be an increased need for programs to help very low-income elderly persons to continue living independently in their homes. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were 35 million people age 65 years or older in the U.S. in 2000, and it estimates that by 2050 that number will climb to 80 million.

Multifamily Housing Service Coordinator Grant Awards

State
# Awards
Grant Amount
Alabama
1
$192,843
Arkansas
1
$217,813
California
9
$2,675,530
Colorado
3
$946,725
Connecticut
5
$1,442,129
District of Columbia
1
$124,177
Florida
2
$425,375
Georgia
5
$1,184,170
Idaho
1
$160,461
Illinois
4
$903,710
Indiana
3
$605,619
Kansas
3
$544,329
Kentucky
7
$1,571,187
Louisiana
1
$237,090
Massachusetts
5
$1,092,939
Michigan
14
3,399,579.00
Minnesota
1
$146,114
Missouri
2
$391,243
Mississippi
8
$1,233,691
North Carolina
1
$184,130
North Dakota
1
$201,085
New Jersey
2
$408,989
New Mexico
2
$466,932
New York
3
$733,062
Ohio
11
$2,302,993
Oklahoma
1
$124,867
Oregon
2
$335,963
Pennsylvania
7
$1,821,931
South Carolina
1
$691,036
South Dakota
1
$203,254
Tennessee
5
$1,366,820
Texas
10
$2,259,298
Virginia
1
$226,579
Washington
10
$1,839,912
Wisconsin
1
$267,611
West Virginia
2
$411,899
Total
137
$31,341,085

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