Last Wednesday, a press release from HUD (the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) announced that $100 million in grant funding would be distributed to various local entities. HUD officials hope the grants will support employee retention and recruitment for case workers and service coordinators, critical positions in terms of connecting seniors with essential programs and services.
Said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, “The service coordinators…open doors that help HUD-assisted families find jobs, access services and assist the elderly and disabled to continue living as independently as possible in their homes.”
The Multifamily Housing Service Coordinator Program (MHSC) received $45 million; this vital program allows multifamily housing owners to assist seniors living locally or in HUD-assisted housing to “obtain needed supportive services from the community.” Owners who qualify for grant monies must hire service coordinators with a senior care/social services background.
Also of note in the release: a 2009 HUD report indicated that these types of programs (which support aging in place) have reduced “premature institutionalization” rates for many low-income seniors, thereby alleviating the taxpayer burden of long-term care.