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Tuesday
Nov292011

Obama Administration Announces Additional $749 Million to Fund Housing

An update from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD):

FOR RELEASE
Wednesday
November 16, 2011

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES $749 MILLION TO FUND HOUSING FOR VERY LOW INCOME SENIORS AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

WASHINGTON – Thousands more very low-income senior citizens and persons with disabilities will have access to affordable supportive housing thanks to $749 million in housing assistance announced today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These grants will help non-profit organizations produce accessible housing, offer rental assistance, and facilitate supportive services for the elderly and persons with disabilities.   

The grant funding awarded under HUD’s Sections 202 and 811 Supportive Housing programs will kick start construction or major rehabilitation on more than 189 housing developments in 42 different states and Puerto Rico.  When complete, more than 4,800 elderly households and persons with disabilities will be affordably housed with access to needed services. Read a detailed summary of each grant.

“The Obama Administration is committed to helping our senior citizens and persons with disabilities find an affordable place to live that is close to needed health care services and transportation,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.  “Recent bipartisan changes to these two supportive housing programs will allow us to better serve some of our more vulnerable populations who would otherwise be struggling to find a safe and decent home of their own.”

Enacted early this year with strong bipartisan support, the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act and the Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Act provided needed enhancements and reforms to both programs.  Nonprofit grant recipients will now receive federal assistance that is better connected to state and local health care investments, allowing greater numbers of vulnerable elderly and disabled individuals to access the housing they need even more quickly.  

Section 202 Capital Advanceswill provide $545 million nationwide to 97 projects in 31 States and Puerto Rico.  In addition to funding the construction, acquisition, and rehabilitation of multifamily developments, HUD’s Section 202 program will also provide $54 million in rental assistance so that residents only pay 30 percent of their adjusted incomes.  Section 202 provides very low-income elderly persons 62 years of age or older with the opportunity to live independently in an environment that provides support services to meet their unique needs (see attached funding chart).

Section 811 Capital Advanceswill provide $137 million nationwide to assist very low-income persons with disabilities through 92 projects in 34 states.  An additional $12.6 million will be available for project rental assistance contracts (see attached funding chart).  Most of the housing supported through the Section 811 Program will be newly constructed, typically small apartment buildings, group homes for three to four persons, or condominium units that are integrated into the larger community.  Residents will pay 30 percent of their adjusted income for rent and the federal government will pay the rest.

HUD’s Section 811 program provides housing for households with one or more very low-income individuals with a disability.  Under this program at least one person must be 18 years or older and have a physical or developmental disability or chronic mental illness.  The program provides persons with disabilities the opportunity to live independently in their communities by increasing the supply of rental housing with the availability of supportive services.

HUD provides these funds to non-profit organizations in two forms:

  • Capital Advances.  This is funding that covers the cost of developing, acquiring, or rehabilitating the development.  Repayment is not required as long as the housing remains available for occupancy by very low-income elderly persons for at least 40 years for (under Section 202) or very low-income persons with disabilities (under Section 811). 
  • Project Rental Assistance Contracts.  This is funding that goes to each development to cover the difference between the residents’ contributions toward rent and the cost of operating the project. 

Residents must be “very low income” with household incomes less than 50 percent of their median for that area.  However, most households that receive Section 811 or Section 202 assistance earn less than 30 percent of the median for their area.  Generally, this means that a one-person household will have an annual income of about $13,500...more

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Tuesday
Nov292011

Do you have Medical & Medicare? If so, Please complete this survey

Do you have both Medicare and Medi-Cal? If so, the State of California wants to learn more about your needs, concerns and priorities as it works to improve care coordination for people in your situation, who commonly are called “dual eligibles” or “Medi-Medis.”  Please take 10 minutes to complete an electronic survey developed by Harbage Consulting as part of its work supporting the State's efforts to collect consumer input.
Access the survey through this link: www.surveymonkey.com/s/CalDuals
This survey collects information from people who have BOTH Medicare and Medi-Cal about their health care experiences. Your answers will inform California's planning. Family members and caregivers are encouraged to complete this survey based on the experience of their relative/friend/client. Responses will be collected through December 20, 2011. 
For more information about this project, you can visit the website www.CalDuals.org. Stay updated by following the group on Twitter @CalDuals.



 

Tuesday
Nov222011

Elimination of Adult Day Health Care is Delayed  

A report from the California Disability Community Action Network:

DETAILS OF ADULT DAY HEALTH CARE MEDI-CAL BENEFIT SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT

Agreement Reached November 17th Delays Elimination of Medi-Cal Benefit Until February 29, 2012 - New Medi-Cal Program To Be Created

SACRAMENTO, CA (CDCAN)  [Last updated 11/18/2011 06:55 AM] -  As reported yesterday, the scheduled elimination date of Adult Day Health Care as a Medi-Cal "optional" benefit will be delayed from December 1, 2011 to February 29, 2012 under a settlement announced Thursday (November 17) of a federal lawsuit between recipients in the program and the California Department of Health Care Services under the Brown Administration.   The settlement agreement was hailed as a major victory by advocates for people with disabilities and seniors across the State, with the legal team headed by Disability Rights California (DRC) being widely praised for its work.

Still, some advocates and Adult Day Health Care program providers, while strongly praising the settlement note that many providers have been forced to close, laying off hundreds of workers - and it is not clear yet how many of the existing program providers - and their workers - will be able to survive under the new program that will be established under the settlement agreement. Others still fear the impact of State Budget "trigger cuts" on critical services and supports and a new round of State Budget cuts still to come when Governor Brown releases his new 2012-2013 State Budget in January - with massive spending cuts likely in order to close what is now projected to be a nearly $13 billion budget shortfall.   But almost all advocates, providers and program participants and policymakers welcomed the settlement agreement as an end to the uncertainty and confusion and turmoil that began since last March when the Legislature approved Governor Brown's proposal to eliminate Adult Day Health Care as a Medi-Cal benefit...more

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Monday
Nov212011

IHSS Consumers: Important Notices to be Mailed 12/15/11

The State of California will be sending out IHSS 20% reduction notices to consumers by December 15, 2011.  Only consumers whose IHSS services are being reduced by the 20% will receive an IHSS service hour reduction notice.  (The State will also inform providers of the reduction through a statement which will appear on the provider's time sheet.)

  • The 20% cut goes into effect 1/1/2012, unless a consumer gets approved for an IHSS Care Supplement.   
  • The IHSS Care Supplement application will be mailed to the consumer by 12/15/2011.
  • The IHSS consumer must submit the IHSS Care Supplement application by the deadline to apply to keep the cut from happening.

IHSS consumers who apply for, and qualify for an IHSS Care Supplement will get back some or all of their reduced hours.  IHSS services will continue at the same level if an IHSS consumer submits an IHSS Care Supplement application by January 1, 2012, or within 15 days from receiving the IHSS 20% reduction notice.  This is called "aid paid pending."  State law says IHSS consumers can get an IHSS Care Supplement only if they are at risk of out-of-home placement, unless they get back some or all of their IHSS hours
("Out-of-home placement" means that the consumer would have to leave her/his own home and go live somewhere else, such as a board and care home, or a nursing home).

Some consumers will automatically receive an IHSS Care Supplement...  

 

  • Consumers who receive the maximum of 283 hours per month.
  • Consumers who receive Protective Supervision.
  • Consumers who receive services under a Home and Community Based Services Waiver, such as:

 

Acquired Immune Deficient Syndrome (AIDS) Waiver; Home and Community-Based Services Waiver for the Developmentally Disabled (HCBS-DD); Multipurpose Senior Services Program (MSSP); Nursing Facility/Acute Hospital (NF/AH) Waiver, and; In-Home Operations (IHO) Waiver


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