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HUD to help low-income seniors, Issues updated guidance

The recently issued guidance for owners participating in HUD’s Multifamily Section 202 Project Rental Assistance Contract program emphasizes the utilization of supportive services funds to empower seniors in maintaining independent living.

February 9, 2023

Washington- The new guidance to reinforce the significance of supportive service programs and uses of supportive services funds to enable seniors to live independently was announced by HUD today. The guidance is meant for the owners of properties participating in project-based rental assistance contracts under HUD’s supportive housing for the low-income elderly program. The guidance also includes details of individual services such as meal programs, transportation, and health and wellness programs benefiting the entire community.

Julia Gordon said, “Supportive services that facilitate independent senior living, increase safe socialization opportunities, and provide health and wellness benefits are a key component of our efforts to provide and expand deeply affordable rental housing for the nation’s low-income senior population,”

The scope, content, and timeline for supportive services plans are also included in the guidance where property owners will either develop new plans or modify existing plans. The supportive service funds can also be used to benefit the community as a whole such as fitness equipment to be used by all residents.

HUD also announced the launch of a Covid-19 Antigen test ordering portal to support the health and safety of aging adults living independently. There are no fees for the tests for the owners and site staff who have registered online for the test. The test kits will be delivered directly to their properties every week using the ordering portal.

HUD’s Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly program increases the supply of affordable housing for seniors living independently. The funds can be used to construct or acquire multifamily properties to serve low-income individuals above the age of 62 years. The residents should have low income or their income should be less than 50 percent of the median income to be eligible for the Supportive Housing for the Elderly program.

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Department of Housing and Urban Development. “HUD Issues Updated Guidance To Enhance Use Of Supportive Services Programs At Properties For Low-Income Seniors”. HUD, February 9, 2023, HUD_No_23_032

Last Updated: September 20, 2021