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June 4, 2013
New guidance for HUD-assisted housing providers on how they can support state and local Olmstead efforts to increase the integrated housing opportunities for individuals with disabilities who are transitioning from, or at serious risk of entering, institutions and other restrictive, segregated settings.
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About the Housing Capacity Building Initiative for Community Living project

What are the goals of this project?

  • 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.

This project will provide technical assistance to support special HUD Housing Choice Vouchers for non-elderly persons with disabilities awarded January 2011. Click for highlights: PDF

Who are the key agency partners?

This landmark project joins the Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Money Follows the Person (MFP) Rebalancing Demonstration.

What are the key features of this collaboration project?

  • Interviews will be conducted with key federal, state and local housing and human services agency representatives to identify knowledge gaps and barriers between housing and human services agencies as they relate to their counterparts agency and policies.
  • Information garnered from interviews will be used to develop trainings and other collaboration efforts that will be provided to federal, state and local housing and human services agency representatives and community partners, based on their unique needs, in order to better coordinate their efforts to support older adults and those with chronic conditions to link housing and support services
  • Regional meetings will be conducted to promote knowledge sharing, collaboration and partnership development between housing and human services agencies
  • Local-level pilot programs will be developed to provide housing and human services agencies the opportunity to work closely with one another to identify existing promising practices and promote new, successful housing and supportive services approaches and models
  • Promising practices resulting from this project will be collected and disseminated to continue to foster relationships between housing and human services agencies in the future.

How is this collaboration project related to the Administration’s Community Living Initiative?

The Community Living Initiative was launched in 2009 in recognition of the 10th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Olmstead decision, to affirm the right of persons with disabilities to obtain services in the “most integrated setting appropriate” to their needs. Among other activities under this initiative, HHS and HUD are working together to identify ways to improve access to housing, community supports and independent living arrangements. These efforts will benefit significantly from this new collaboration project. For more information on the Administration’s Community Living Initiative, visit: http://www.hhs.gov/od/topics/community/olmstead.html.

How is this collaboration project related to CMS’ Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration?

MFP One-Pager (MS Word)

The Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration (MFP) is the largest investment by congress in a Medicaid demonstration in history. The project is designed to provide assistance to states to help balance their long-term care systems by expanding home and community-based services and assisting Medicaid beneficiaries who prefer to move from nursing homes and other institutions to housing and supports in the community. Congress appropriated a total of $4 billion for the lifetime of the Demonstration. MFP enjoys support from the highest levels of the Administration as well as the Secretaries of HHS and HUD.

Because they have extremely low incomes, many people participating in the MFP Demonstration (older adults and persons with chronic conditions) will need housing assistance in order to transition to community living. An initial evaluation of the MFP program showed that the difficulty locating accessible, affordable housing was a major challenge in transitioning people from institutional settings to home and community based services and back into the community. The “Housing Capacity Building Initiative for Community Living” project is aimed at increasing housing options not only for MFP participants, but for all older adults and those with chronic conditions who are at risk of institutionalization or who currently receive care in institutional settings by developing sustainable collaborations among housing and support services (For more information on MFP, visit: http://www.cms.gov/CommunityServices/20_MFP.asp.

What HUD housing programs may be involved in this collaboration project?

There are many programs under the Department of Housing and Urban Development that may be involved in various collaboration-building activities at the Federal, state or local level. These are likely to include housing voucher programs and assisted housing under HUD’s Division of Public and Indian Housing; affordable housing and special needs assistance under HUD’s Division of Community Planning and Development; programs under HUD’s Division of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity; and multifamily housing programs under HUD’s Division of Housing. For more information on HUD housing programs, visit: www.HUD.gov.

What HHS programs may be involved in this collaboration project?

There are many programs under the Department of Health and Human that offer community living support services and/or oversee related policies that be may be involved in various collaboration-building activities at the Federal, state or local level. These are likely to include the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Administration on Aging (AoA), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD is in the Administration for Children and Families, ACF), Office on Disability (OD), and Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE). For more information on HHS programs, visit: www.HHS.gov.

Who will be providing the technical assistance under this project?

The Housing Capacity Building Initiative for Community Living project is funded and supported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) under the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services. The activities are provided under contract with New Editions Consulting, Inc. with support from housing and community long term services experts from Technical Assistance Collaborative, Inc. (TAC), Advocates for Human Potential (AHP), and others.

How can I learn more about this project?

For more information on the Housing Capacity Building Initiative for Community Living project, please email us at: mfp-collaborative@neweditions.net.


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