Expanding access to housing-related services and supports
On November 1, HHS and HUD announced the launch of the Housing and Services Partnership Accelerator, which will support states in developing or expanding innovative housing-related supports and services for Medicaid-eligible people with disabilities and older adults who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. As the name suggests, the Partnership Accelerator will focus on helping states improve collaboration and coordination between organizations and systems that provide services and resources that help people find – and keep – stable housing in the community. This is a technical assistance opportunity for states; funding is not available.
The November 13 information session shared more details about this technical assistance opportunity. Access the recording and slides to learn more. The FAQs have also been updated to respond to questions posed by participants.
Complete details about the Accelerator are available in the program overview.
Helping states improve collaboration and leverage new flexibilities and funding
A growing number of states are leveraging new opportunities and flexibilities available under Medicaid, new federal housing resources, and expanded opportunities under the Older Americans Act to cover a range of services and supports that help people find, obtain, and maintain their housing. The Housing and Services Partnership Accelerator will bring together interdisciplinary teams from four states together in a 12-month learning collaborative to tackle common issues, such as navigating payment models and rates, data integration and sharing, and more. The Accelerator also will offer participating states an opportunity to share lessons learned and promising practices for improving collaboration and coordination to optimize resources, cover resource gaps, align state and local policies, and to deliver more integrated and seamless services. Finally, participating states will also receive one-on-one coaching support from housing and services subject matter experts.
Eligibility and application information
Participating teams will include state Medicaid agencies, as well as state and community organizations focused on homelessness and housing, aging and disability, substance abuse, public health and more. To be eligible, states and DC must have a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved section 1115 demonstration or an approved section 1915(i) program state plan benefit covering housing-related supports for individuals experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness. (Sections 1115 and 1915 of the Social Security Act authorize programs that test ways to deliver and pay for health care services in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.)
Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the application are available (updated November 15).
Letters of intent are requested November 15 and applications are due December 1, 2023. Please submit each via their respective online forms:
Please note that information CANNOT be saved unless you complete and submit the form; you must complete each form in a single session. Please complete the application worksheet and review the application instructions prior to beginning your online application.