HUD’s investment under this Demonstration program is intended to facilitate aging in place by providing a supportive services subsidy to certain elderly restricted HUD assisted independent housing developments.
The supportive service subsidy will (1) cover all reasonable cost related to
the provision of a full-time enhanced service coordinator and part-time preventive health nurse as well as (2) allocate a nominal amount towards eligible services expenses for our aging residents.
Elderly persons who have access to affordable, safe and accessible housing, who practice healthy behaviors, take advantage of wellness, preventive and long-term care services and supports, and those who continue to engage with family and friends are more likely to achieve better health outcomes, live independently, age in place and incur fewer health-related costs.
Under this NOFA, HUD will evaluate the extent to which the selected housing plus supportive service models allow elderly persons to live independently and age in place, including improving general well being, improving health outcomes and health-care utilization, and preventing or delaying institutionalization.
Funding priority will be given to those sponsors that evidence the ability to accomplish the following three goals:
Strengthen the Availability of Supportive Services by effectively using the Service Coordinator to create and support partnerships between housing and supportive service providers to support aging in place; Support Aging-in-Place by fostering an environment that allows for elderly persons to live independently by accessing home and community-based supportive services that are designed to promote general well being, improved health outcomes; and Improve the evidence base on the effectiveness of Section 202 housing as a platform to improve health outcomes by participating in an effort led by HUD (or its contractors and/or grantees) to develop standard procedures to be implemented by all sponsors/owners for (1) measurement of outcomes related to general well being; health and health-care utilization; and costs to the health care system; (2) implementation of the enhanced service coordinator model in the same way in all sites; and (3) enrollment of eligible applicants into a random assignment study.
To achieve these goals, Sponsors/Owners must have a comprehensive approach to strategically implement a supportive services model that can support the needs of all residents.
As a condition of the receipt of financial assistance under this program NOFA, all Sponsors/Owners will be required to cooperate with HUD staff, contractors, or grantees who perform HUD-funded evaluation of the 202 housing program.
HUD envisions the study will be undertaken by independent researchers in collaboration with Sponsors/Owners.