The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced it is making approximately $15 million available to test a promising housing and services model for low-income seniors to age in their own homes and delay or avoid the need for nursing home care.
HUD’s Supportive Services Demonstration for Elderly Households in HUD-Assisted Multifamily Housing will offer three-year grants to eligible owners of HUD-assisted senior housing developments to cover the cost of a full-time enhanced service coordinator and a part-time wellness nurse.
The demonstration aims to test the effectiveness of this enhanced supportive-services model for elderly households and to evaluate the value of enhanced service coordination paired with affordable housing for seniors. The demonstration will be independently evaluated to determine the impact of the enhanced supportive services model on:
- Aging in place in HUD-assisted senior developments;
- Avoiding early transitions to institutional care, and;
- Preventing unnecessary and often costly health-care events—such as some emergency room visits and hospitalizations—for residents in HUD-assisted senior developments.
HUD requires prospective grantees to submit
applications electronically at www.grants.gov.