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Millions Earmarked For Disability Housing Supports

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Federal officials are sending millions of dollars to housing providers in three dozen states to help people with disabilities gain supportive living services.

More than $31 million in grants will help over 14,000 people with disabilities and older Americans obtain assistance with everything from health care to meals, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said Tuesday.

The funding is part of the housing agency’s Multifamily Housing Service Coordinator Program, which pays for social services coordinators for people living in federally-assisted multifamily housing.

The three-year grants are headed to property owners in the District of Columbia and 36 states including Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

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  1. de says:

    This worries me drastically! Why are these Housing units getting the help that families of the disabled need? I have a disabled child..I need to work to support her and her needs as well as my non-disabled son. Each paycheck they take more and more money from her (Soc Security-SSI) and the more I try to earn the more they take. We pay housing like anyone else with no Gov’t help and don’t get food stamps for its “included food expenses ” in her SSI check of $720 a month..Are they insane? I can only make $1100 a MONTH GROSS or they take it all! Parents need the monies to LIVE..put a roof over our heads..pay daycare or sitters and car expenses. If I placed her in a group home they would get 2,000 a month to keep her there( the house owner and manager) but I can’t even keep the money I work so hard for??? WOW..Something is fishy in Denmark!

  2. Lori Lombardo says:

    Can you give a list of which stated were awarded this grant money? thanks so much.

  3. David G. says:

    Wish they had put a link to the HUD announcement:

    The funds are to hire service coordinators for existing PRIVATE multifamily housing developments – there is no funding for actual housing in this announcement:

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    The grants are awarded to eligible owners of private housing developments that receive rental subsidies from HUD to house low-income individuals in 36 states and the District of Columbia. These property owners or their management companies either hire or contract service coordinators with backgrounds in providing social services, especially to the frail elderly and people with disabilities, to assist their residents with special needs.

    “These service coordinators help us connect senior citizens and those living with disabilities with the services they need to live independently,” said Donovan. “We’re getting older as a nation and these grants go a long way toward ensuring these vulnerable populations are well served and allowed to age in place.”

    The grants are awarded today are designed for an initial three-year period to allow eligible owners of multifamily housing for the elderly or disabled, to hire and support a service coordinator. The funds cover such costs as salary, benefits, quality assurance, training, office space, equipment, and other related administrative expenses. A 2008 HUD report found aging in place reduces rates of premature institutionalization for low-income elderly residents, thus reducing the costs borne by taxpayers.”

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    While this may be helpful to those elderly and disabled already living in multifamily housing, it does nothing to alleviate the lack of supportive housing for the developmentally disabled, esp. here in SC where there are over 2,500 on the DDSN residential supports waiver waiting list!

  4. David G. says:

    Oh, and by the way, the money has already been allocated to specific housing developments:

    $621K to a single development in Columbia, SC – how many people will that help?

    Your (freshly created out of thin air and printed) deficit-expanding tax dollars at work …

  5. Lori says:

    Information on how that translates to how people with disabilities access this money would be appreciated!

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