Housing Capacity Building Initiative for Community Living Sustainable Learning Curriculum (SLC)

Disclaimer

This resource will help you identify appropriate sources for information, and provides the building blocks for forming a sustainable relationship between housing and service systems. However, this should not be considered official federal guidance on HUD and CMS policies. CMS is currently engaged in internal conversations to identify Medicaid authorities that would allow states to cover housing-related services under their Medicaid programs, a process which may result in modifications to service constructs, like definitions, provider requirements, etc.

Background

The Housing Capacity Building Initiative for Community Living Sustainable Learning Curriculum (SLC) project seeks to assist older adults and people with chronic conditions who are at risk of institutionalization or who currently receive care in institutional settings in finding appropriate housing to live more independent lives. This landmark project joins the Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Health and Human Services (HHS), under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Money Follows the Person (MFP) program, to assist federal, state and local agencies and community partners to create a sustainable, collaborative system between housing and human services agencies. The goals of the project are:

  • To assist older adults and those with chronic conditions who are at risk of institutionalization or who currently receive care in institutional settings in finding appropriate housing to live more independent lives.
  • To assist federal, state and local agencies and community partners to create a sustainable, collaborative system between housing and human services agencies to support community living for older adults and those with chronic conditions who are at risk of institutionalization or who currently receive care in institutional settings.

For more information about the Housing Capacity Building Initiative for Community Living Project visit: www.neweditions.net/housing.

Introduction

The Sustainable Learning Curriculum presents audience-driven content to help targeted users explore and understand the relationship between MFP and housing. The SLC is a collection of five compendiums, including:  MFP Project Director Compendium, Housing Staff I – Systems and Policy Level Compendium, Housing Staff II – Transition Level Compendium. Housing Staff III – Housing Stabilization Services, and Housing Partners – Public Housing Agencies, Property Managers and Affordable Housing Providers Compendium.

Each section of the SLC is designed to provide users with clear and concise contextual information, as well as a curriculum of expert-selected resources for them to access. Each resource in the curriculum includes a brief description, as well as tips for suggested use. The resources in each compendium are arranged in order of knowledge level, with fundamental “must know” information first, building to higher-level resources that help address intermediate and advanced housing questions.

This resource will help you identify where to go and when to get that information from the appropriate sources, and provides the building blocks for forming a sustainable relationship between housing and service systems. However, official guidance on HUD and CMS positions should not be gleaned from the content. In fact, CMS is currently engaged in internal conversations to identify the Medicaid authorities that would allow states to cover housing-related services under their Medicaid programs, a process which may result in modifications to service constructs, like definitions, provider requirements, etc.

In addition to being a stand-alone document, the SLC will be housed on the Housing Capacity Building Initiative website where users will have access to best practices, resources and tools developed throughout the life of the project, as well as a library of information to support their learning experience. The SLC will also be linked to the 2013 MFP Project Director Toolkit developed by the MFP Technical Assistance Center.

Instructions

To access the compendium of information tailored for your current position, users should select one of five buttons on the SLC home page.

  1. MFP Project Directors: This compendium is for individuals serving as Project Directors for state MFP Programs and program staff
  2. Housing Staff I: This compendium is for individuals hired to work with housing agencies and other partners to increase the amount and type of housing options available to people who wish to transition.
  3. Housing Staff II: This compendium is for those hired to work directly with individuals who wish to move out of nursing facilities or other institutions, helping them to find housing that meets their individual needs and preferences.
  4. Housing Staff III: This compendium is for individuals who work with people who have moved out of institutions and into the community, to help them meet the unique needs of people who have experienced institutionalization, some for long periods of time.
  5. Public Housing Agencies, Property Managers, and Affordable Housing Providers: This compendium is designed to assist public housing agencies and others who work in the affordable housing field.

The SLC was developed with the understanding each MFP program is structured differently. In some instances, the above definitions may be describing discrete individuals or entities, in other instances one individual may act in two or three of the above capacities. Once you have finished viewing information targeted to your position, or positions, please feel free to browse the other compendia to gain a better understanding of your colleagues’ relationships to housing, as well as the resources and information they will be using in their positions.

Download a Word Version of the Toolkit


MFP Project Directors

Click here if you are a MFP Project Director or MFP Program Staff.

Housing Staff 1

Click here if you work with housing agencies and other partners to increase the amount and type of housing options available to people who wish to transition.

Housing Staff 2

Click here if you work directly with individuals who wish to move out of nursing facilities or other institutions, helping them to find housing that meets their individual needs and preferences.

Housing Staff 3

Click here if you work with people who have moved out of institutions and into the community, to help them meet the unique needs of people who have experienced institutionalization, some for long periods of time.

Agencies, Managers and Providers

Click here if you work for a Public Housing Agency (PHA), are a property manager or affordable housing provider and are interested in strategies to enable seniors and people with disabilities who wish to move out of nursing facilities or other institutions to find safe, decent and affordable housing.


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