Federal Partners Announce States Selected for Medicaid-Housing Agency Partnership Program Support

The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, in partnership with national organizations, are pleased to announce that California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, New Jersey, Nevada, and Oregon have been selected to participate in an innovative technical assistance effort aimed at strengthening state-level collaboration between health and housing agencies to bring to scale supportive housing by coordinating housing resources with Medicaid-covered housing-related services

These efforts demonstrate the Administration’s commitment to ending chronic homelessness in 2017 and to supporting the community integration of people with complex care needs.

Beginning in May 2016, the eight states will receive intensive program support and action planning to address two key challenges: 1) increasing the supply and availability of supportive housing stock targeted at low income persons with complex health needs, and 2) determining how to use Medicaid to cover services needed for achieving stable health and housing outcomes.

More general technical assistance will be available to a larger number of states regarding how to incorporate and enhance tenancy supports into Medicaid services.

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