The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is awarding nearly $26 million in grants to the owners of 11 multi-family housing developments to convert a portion of their apartments into assisted living or service-enriched units.
The funding is provided through HUD’s Assisted Living Conversion Program, meant to support the transformation of housing into service-enriched units to accommodate the needs of seniors seeking to remain in their homes and age in place.
“We’re getting older as a nation and with that demographic shift, there is a growing demand for affordable housing that will allow our seniors to live independently in their own homes,” said Carol Galante, HUD’s Assistant Secretary for Housing and Federal Housing Commissioner. “These grants will help these apartment owners to convert their properties into assisted living or service-enriched environments that will allow seniors to remain in their homes for as long as they can.”
Through the program, private, nonprofit owners of eligible developments who have the resources to convert some or all of their dwelling units into assisted living or service-enriched housing for aging in place can receive HUD funding.
Assisted living units must provide support services such as personal care, transportation, meals, housekeeping, and laundry.
Service-enriched housing units must make supportive services available for residents who are able to live independently but need assistance with activities of daily living through a licensed or certified third-party service provider.
National Church Residences and Ken-Ton Presbyterian Village are among the grant recipients, with the largest award—$4.09 million—going to The Lesley Foundation in Half Moon Bay, Calif.
Earlier this year, NCR’s Home and Community Services received 46 social service coordination grants totaling $10.5 million from HUD.
“HUD’s support of our service coordination program will allow National Church Residences to substantially increase our level of service to scores of low-income senior housing residents across the country,” said Terry Allton, vice president of Home and Community Services, at the time of the announcement. “Service coordination is a proven, effective method of fostering independence and allowing seniors to more successfully age-in-place in their own homes.”
Written by Alyssa Gerace