$545 Million for Senior Housing… AND Services?

helping-seniorsThe Government Accountability Office (GAO) has indicated that the “…U.S. population of persons age 65 and older is expected to grow to 73 million by 2030”  and that, “with age, people are increasingly likely to face physical and cognitive limitations.”  In 2011, the Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Act granted $545 million nationwide to fund 97 projects in 31 States and Puerto Rico.  These funds are intended to provide for supportive rental housing designated for very low income elderly households.  Property owners for such rentals are expected to “coordinate the provision of services to help residents live independently and age in place.”  Examples given of such services are meal provision and transportation assistance.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is accountable for ensuring that the requirement for coordination of services is met.  Unfortunately, based upon a GAO investigation report published September 1st, 2016, only about 50% of the property owners have service coordinators to address this requirement.  Added to that, HUD was found to have no policies nor written procedures for monitoring compliance with program requirements nor any method for measurement of compliance by property owners.  Is this really the best we can do?  You can read the full GAO report here: http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-16-758.

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