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HUD No. 12-161
Brian Sullivan
(202) 708-0685
FOR RELEASE
Tuesday
October 9, 2012

HUD GRANTS TO HELP THE ELDERLY AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
CONTINUE TO LIVE INDEPENDENTLY AT HOME

WASHINGTON – U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Donovan today announced $31.3 million in grants to help more than 14,000 senior citizens and persons with disabilities to receive health care, meals, and other critical supportive services. The grants are awarded through HUD’s Multifamily Housing Service Coordinator Program (MHSC).  (See local impact here.)

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.

As the U.S. population ages and the number of older Americans grows, there will be an increased need for programs to help very low-income elderly persons to continue living independently in their homes.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were 35 million people age 65 years or older in the U.S. in 2000, and it estimates that by 2050 that number will climb to 80 million.

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Multifamily Housing Service Coordinator Grant Awards

State

# Awards

Grant Amount

Alabama

1

$192,843

Arkansas

1

$217,813

California

9

$2,675,530

Colorado

3

$946,725

Connecticut

5

$1,442,129

District of Columbia

1

$124,177

Florida

2

$425,375

Georgia

5

$1,184,170

Idaho

1

$160,461

Illinois

4

$903,710

Indiana

3

$605,619

Kansas

3

$544,329

Kentucky

7

$1,571,187

Louisiana

1

$237,090

Massachusetts

5

$1,092,939

Michigan

14

3,399,579.00

Minnesota

1

$146,114

Missouri

2

$391,243

Mississippi

8

$1,233,691

North Carolina

1

$184,130

North Dakota

1

$201,085

New Jersey

2

$408,989

New Mexico

2

$466,932

New York

3

$733,062

Ohio

11

$2,302,993

Oklahoma

1

$124,867

Oregon

2

$335,963

Pennsylvania

7

$1,821,931

South Carolina

1

$691,036

South Dakota

1

$203,254

Tennessee

5

$1,366,820

Texas

10

$2,259,298

Virginia

1

$226,579

Washington

10

$1,839,912

Wisconsin

1

$267,611

West Virginia

2

$411,899

Total

137

$31,341,085


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