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October 9, 2012
ELEVEN APARTMENT COMPLEXES IN WASHINGTON STATE WIN HUD GRANTS TO HELP ELDERLY & PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES CONTINUE TO LIVE INDEPENDENTLY AT HOME
Privately-owned, HUD-assisted Complexes in Chewelah, Colville, Lakewood, North Bend, Seattle, Spokane Valley, Sumner and Walla Walla Win Total of $2 Million in Service Coordinator Grants
SEATTLE - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Donovan and Northwest HUD Regional Administrator Mary McBride today announced that 11 privately-owned complexes in Washington state have been awarded a total of $2,009,082 grant to help senior citizens in to receive health care, meals and other critical supportive services and enable them to live independent lives.
The complexes in Chewelah, Colville, Lakewood, North Bend, Seattle, Spokane Valley, Sumner and Walla Walla have a total of 583 HUD-assisted units. A total of 139 grants were awarded nationwide today through HUD's Multifamily Housing Service Coordinator Program (MHSC).
The $31.3 million in service coordinator 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 people with disabilities with the services they need to live independently," said Northwest Regional Administrator Mary McBride. "These grants go a long way toward ensuring these vulnerable populations are well served and allowed to age in place."
Service coordinator grants were awarded today to:
||Golden Sunset Apartments
||Kincaid Court Apartments
||Loyal Heights Manor
||Pines Terra / Pines Manor Apartments
||Mt. Si Senior Center
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.
HUD's mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and espanol.hud.gov. You can also follow HUD on twitter @HUDnews, on facebook at www.facebook.com/HUD, or sign up for news alerts on HUD's News Listserv.