Federal housing officials are making available $20 million to convert multifamily apartment complexes into assisted-living facilities for low-income seniors.

“These grants offer a lifeline that will allow low-income seniors and people with disabilities an opportunity to stay in their homes and not have to move from their familiar surroundings as they become older and need supportive services,” said Shaun Donovan, secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The funding is offered through HUD’s Assisted Living Conversion Program.

The grants are awarded on a competitive basis. During the review process, HUD assesses several ranking factors including: the extent to which the conversion is needed by the persons that the project is intended to serve; the quality and effectiveness of the proposal in addressing the proposed conversion, including the meals and supportive services that the project intends to provide; the ability of the project owner to secure other community resources, which can be combined with the grant to achieve the program's purposes; as well as the capacity of the project owner to carry out the conversion in a timely and effective manner.

Applications are due Nov. 5.

Funding awards

In other funding news, HUD recently awarded grants to Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native colleges and universities. The department also announced awarding nearly $6 million to 10 Hispanic colleges and universities.

The department is providing $4 million to five Native American institutions to build or renovate their facilities. The grants are made through HUD’s Tribal Colleges and Universities Program, which also helps the schools to reduce their energy costs, produce faculty housing, and build classrooms.

Funding went to Fort Peck Community Collage in Poplar, Mont.; Nebraska Indian Community College in Macy, Neb.; Sitting Bull College in Fort Yates, N.D.; Oglala Lakota College in Kyle, S.D.; and Sisseton Wahpeton College in Agency Village, S.D.

 HUD also awarded $3 million to Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian colleges and university to help revitalize neighborhoods and promote affordable housing.

These grants were made through HUD’s Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Institutions Assisting Communities Program.

In Alaska, funds went to the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Kuskokwim, and Bristol Bay campuses. In Hawaii, grants were awarded to Windward Community College and the University of Hawaii at West Oahu.

HUD also reported funding 10 Hispanic schools to help revitalize their neighborhoods and promote affordable housing. This funding is through the Hispanic-Serving Institutions Assisting Communities Program.

The recipients are University Corporation at Monterey Bay in Seaside, Calif.; Woodbury University in Burbank, Calif.; Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo.; Elgin Community College in Elgin, Ill.; Dona Ana Community College in Las Cruces, N.M.; Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Universidad del Turabo in Gurabo, Puerto Rico; El Paso County Community College in El Paso, Texas; Heritage University in Toppenish, Wash.; and Columbia Basin College in Pasco, Wash.