State housing agencies can apply for $120 million in federal funding to support housing options for disabled people transitioning out of LTC facilities, according to a recent announcement by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. These funds have been authorized by the Frank Melville Supporting House Act of 2010, which support the mandate by the Olmstead v. L.C. Supreme Court ruling of 1999. The Supreme Court ruling requires state and local governments to assist “community-based long term services and supports for those who could thrive outside institutional settings.” As of now, state housing agencies are working with Medicaid and the Department of Health and Human Services to “‘identify, refer, and conduct outreach’ to help those in need of long term care to live as independently as possible.” Most states have been slow to follow through on Olmstead. The money will go towards providing rental assistance to low-income persons with disabilities. Regional, state and local housing agencies are eligible to apply for assistance, if they meet certain requirements.
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