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HUD grants for assisted living conversion and service coordination

By: Leslie Black-Plumeau on 4/17/2012

Grant funds totalling $25 million are available from HUD to help cover the cost of improvements to existing HUD-assisted elderly apartment complexes to respond to the needs of elderly individuals who are aging in place.

New this year, under the service-enriched housing option, owners who apply for funds no longer need to pursue licensure of their apartment building to be eligible. Applicants can now request funding simply to assist with necessary upgrades to their building to accommodate the provision of community-based licensed care providers. Read more in the Assisted Living Conversion Program Notice of Funding Availability.

In addition, $15 million is available for service coordinators in multifamily housing. These grants allow owners of HUD-assisted elderly housing and housing for persons with disabilities (such as Section 8, Section 8/202, Section 221(d)3 or Section 236) to receive funding to hire a service coordinator that can help connect residents to needed supportive services from the community, to allow residents to live as independently as possible in their homes.

Research shows that service coordinators in HUD-assisted housing increase the average tenure of residents by six months, resulting in improved quality of lives, lowered operating costs for the building, and reduced costs to the healthcare system. Read more in the service coodination Notice of Funding Availability.

Applications for these funds are due on May 15 for the Assisted Living Conversion Program and May 14 for the multifamily housing service coordination.

Pictured: McCauley Square in Burlington, Vermont--a senior apartment complex with service coordination.