The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced $1.98 million in Real Choice Systems Change Grants awarded to six states.
States receiving the $330,000 (each) award:
INDIANA: Indiana Family & Social Services Administration
MARYLAND: Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
MISSISSIPPI: Mississippi Office of the Governor, Div. of Medicaid
OREGON: Oregon Health Authority
TEXAS: Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services
WISCONSIN: Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
These Real Choice System Change Grants will result in long-term strategies to provide permanent and affordable rental housing for people with disabilities who receive Medicaid services.
PRESS RELEASE September 29, 2011:
$1.98 Million in Real Choice Systems Change Grants awarded to six states
Today, 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. These Real Choice System Change Grants will result in long-term strategies to provide permanent and affordable rental housing for people with disabilities who receive Medicaid services.
“The Obama administration is committed to helping Americans with disabilities live independent lives,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “The Real Choice System Change program and the productive partnership with the Department of Housing and Urban Development will help many people with disabilities get the housing support they need.”
“This is a perfect example of agencies coming together in a common purpose to find real and lasting solutions for persons with disabilities,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “These grants will help persons find permanent housing and the service they need to live independently.”
Today’s announcement marks another initiative in support of President Obama’s Year of Community Living initiative, a partnership between HHS and HUD 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.
These investments support and align with recent legislative changes to the existing HUD Section 811 program, which authorized the innovative Project Rental Assistance (PRA) option. The PRA option, which covers the difference between the HUD-approved operating cost of the project and the amount the residents pay, helps create permanent supportive housing units for persons with disabilities.
For the complete PRESS RELEASE, click here.
For more information about the Real Choice System Change program, visit http://www.cms.gov/CommunityServices/30_RCSC.asp.
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