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New Technical Assistance Resources and Tools

  • New Money Follows the Person (MFP) Resources Available to Help with Housing People Transitioning Out of Institutional Settings. This webinar occurred on April 27, 2022. The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the agency is increasing the reimbursement rate for MFP "supplemental services" for states participating in MFP. These services will now be 100% federally funded with no state share. Further, CMS is expanding the definition of supplemental services to include additional services that can support an individual’s transition from an institution to the community, including short-term housing and food assistance. For example, state MFP programs may cover up to 6-months of short-term rental assistance and associated utility expenses to bridge the gap between when an MFP participant transitions to the community and when federal, state, or local housing assistance is secured. The state must develop a CMS-approved housing plan with which the state will be required to comply in order to receive reimbursement for short-term housing assistance. MFP states must partner with a state and/or local housing agency(s) as part of the housing plan. CMS also announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to allow more than 20 states and territories not currently participating in MFP to join the MFP program. Click here to read more.
  • New Mainstream Vouchers Available: HUD is using Mainstream carryover funding to make up to $35 million available for PHAs with high Mainstream utilization to request additional Mainstream vouchers. The deadline to request new vouchers is May 6, 2022.  Please see PIH Notice 2022-07: Mainstream Vouchers – Non-Competitive Opportunity for Additional Vouchers Authorized by the CARES Act and Extraordinary Administrative Funding for PHA eligibility requirements and instructions on how to request.
  • HUD recently Announced that Extraordinary Administrative Fees Are Available to Help with Lease-up of Mainstream Voucher. Many PHAs and disability rights groups have reported that competitive rental markets are making it very difficult for people with disabilities to find housing using their voucher assistance. HUD is providing PHAs an opportunity to request $500 per Mainstream voucher awarded since 2018.  In addition to supporting housing search and lease up, these funds may be spent on landlord signing bonuses, security deposits, and vacancy payments.  See PIH Notice 2022-07 for full details.  Requests from eligible entities are due by May 6, 2022.
  • Mainstream Vouchers - Serving Persons at Serious Risk of Entering or Transitioning Out of Institutional Settings. This topic guide can help PHAs learn which entities may be able to provide support and how to find the partners in your state and local areas.HHS to Provide $110 Million to Expand Community Services for Older Adults and People with Disabilities: On March 31, 2022, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it will offer $110 million to expand access to home and community-based services (HCBS) through Medicaid's Money Follows the Person (MFP) program.
    • The new Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) makes individual awards of up to $5 million available for more than 20 states and territories not currently participating in MFP. These funds will support initial planning and implementation to get the state/territory programs off the ground, which would ensure more people with Medicaid can receive high-quality, cost-effective, person-centered services in a setting they choose. State Medicaid agencies not currently participating in the MFP demonstration may apply through the NOFO no later than May 31, 2022. To access the NOFO, visit Grants.gov
      • For states already participating in MFP, CMS also announced that the agency is increasing the reimbursement rate for MFP "supplemental services." These services will now be 100% federally funded with no state share. Further, CMS is expanding the definition of supplemental services to include additional services that can support an individual's transition from an institution to the community, including short-term housing and food assistance. These changes will help further address critical barriers to community living for eligible individuals, as well as increase community transition rates and the effectiveness of the MFP demonstration overall. For more information n current and previous grantees, visit Medicaid.gov. CMS will provide additional information on these changes to MFP grantees.
  • COVID-19 Stimulates New Housing and Services Partnerships for People with Disabilities and Older Adults: Housing and Services Resource Center’s brief with an overview of housing-related challenges during the pandemic, new opportunities with federal resources, and partnerships that are making a difference. 
Prior Events

 

  • Webinar Series Engaging the Disability Community in Fair Housing Planning. This two-part series was made available on April 27th and 28th. The webinars included the History of the Fair Housing Act and context for the requirement to “affirmatively further fair housing;” best practices for fair housing planning that considers the needs of individuals with disabilities; an overview of effective community participation that involves individuals with disabilities and their stakeholders; principles of community engagement with the disability community; best practices for community engagement throughout the fair housing planning process; and engaging stakeholders in fair housing planning. 
  • When Everyone Benefits: Exploring the Roles of Health Care Providers in Law Enforcement Reform, Crisis Assistance, and Public Policy on Unsheltered Homelessness: Join the National Health Care for the Homeless Council in this April 6 webinar. The event will explore the future of public safety and the intersecting issues of unsheltered homelessness, criminalization, crisis response, street outreach, and health care. Learn more and register
  • No Greater Need, No Better Time: Cross-Sector Partnerships that Create Housing Stability: Join us for the next webinar on March 15. State partnerships have been spurring local collaborations that connect housing and access to an array of supportive services.  Presenters will feature their successful approaches and be ready for your questions. Webinar Recording and Presentation Materials Coming Soon!
  • Cross-Sector Partnerships to Expand Options for Affordable, Accessible Housing: January and February 2022 recordings of three office hours and related materials. The series highlighted innovative partnerships between the housing sector, aging and disability networks, and health care that expanded access to affordable, accessible housing, service coordination, home modifications, durable medical equipment, and housing search information.
  • Preventing and Addressing Eviction Through Community Partnerships: November 2021 webinar recording and related materials on ACL-funded programs protecting rights and preventing abuse. Presenters describe state and local partnerships that help them address the needs of people dealing with eviction.
  • Emergency Rental Assistance Program: Tools to Assist the People You Serve: September 2021 webinar recording and related materials with tools and information to help people assist consumers with the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
  • Pairing HUD and HHS Resources to Address Homelessness Webinar Series: Summer 2021 recordings of a webinar series on partnership opportunities and on-the-ground examples of successful approaches to pairing HHS agency resources with HUD housing assistance for people experiencing homelessness, including the 70,000 Emergency Housing Vouchers.

Last modified on 05/13/2022


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