HUD to Test New Approach to Help Low-Income Seniors Age in Place

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Posted: Sunday, January 22, 2017 10:58 am

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded approximately $15 million to select owners of HUD-assisted senior housing developments to help their low-income senior tenants to age in their own homes and delay or avoid the need for nursing home care. HUD will cover costs related to hiring a full-time Enhanced Service Coordinator and a part-time Wellness Nurse to connect the elderly with the supportive services they need to maintain independent living and age-in-place.

"It is so important that we afford our seniors the opportunity to live independently," said HUD Secretary Julián Castro. "These grants will help owners of HUD-assisted senior developments to offer the services that will allow seniors to remain in their homes for as long as they can."

Funded through HUD's Supportive Services Demonstration for Elderly Households in HUD-Assisted Multifamily Housing, these three-year grants will produce evidence about the effectiveness of this enhanced supportive services model for elderly households and to evaluate the value of enhanced service coordination paired with affordable housing for seniors. The Demonstration will be independently evaluated to determine the impact of the enhanced supportive services model on:

  • aging in place in HUD-assisted senior developments;
  • avoiding early transitions to institutional care, and;
  • preventing unnecessary and often costly health care utilization-such as some emergency room visits and hospitalizations-for residents in HUD-assisted senior developments.

HUD and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services collaborated on several research initiatives to inform the design of this demonstration. Lessons from each have informed the resulting experimental research design that has three significant features:

  1. the creation of separate groups of enrolled properties: treatment and control;
  2. the use of a lottery, or a random assignment, to place eligible properties in these two groups; and
  3. the requirement to uniformly implement the demonstration’s core components and ensure adherence to the study design.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Housing and Development

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