Advancing Access to Affordable Housing as a Means to Maximize Opportunities for Community Living
In support of President Obama’s Year of Community Living initiative, the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) furthered their collaborative efforts and identified another initiative to increase the availability of affordable and accessible housing for people with disabilities who receive long term services and supports in the community funded by Medicaid.
On September 30, 2011, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the award of $1,980,000 in grants to six States to develop sustainable partnerships with State Housing Agencies under the Real Choice Systems Change Grant Program. These grants will result in long-term strategies to provide permanent and affordable rental housing for people with disabilities who receive Medicaid services, who are homeless and participants under the CMS Money Follows the Person Demonstration.
Updating Medicaid Information Relevant To Homeless Individuals
In conjunction with the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), CMS is in the process of updating A Primer on How to Use Medicaid to Assist Persons Who are Homeless to Access Medical, Behavioral Health, and Support Services. This manual pulls together information about Medicaid that is especially relevant in assisting homeless individuals, including people who experience chronic homelessness. The Primer is intended to serve as a resource for state officials and homeless
program managers to support efforts to access and coordinate services and supports for homeless people. The update is scheduled for some time in fiscal year 2012.