HUD and HHS Launch Program to Expand Access to Housing-Related Services and Supports

HUD and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the launch of the Housing and Services Partnership Accelerator (HSPA) on November 1. The HSPA will support states in establishing or expanding innovative housing-related services and supports for Medicaid-eligible individuals with disabilities and older adults who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. The Partnership Accelerator will help states improve coordination between organizations and systems that provide services and resources that help people obtain and maintain stable housing in their community.

The HSPA will pull together interdisciplinary teams from four selected states to address common issues, such as navigating payment models and rates. Participating states will have the opportunity to share lessons learned and promising practices for strengthening collaboration across agencies and organizations, optimizing resources, aligning state and local policies, and delivering integrated services. Selected states will also receive individual coaching support from housing and services experts.

The HSPA is being implemented by the Housing and Services Resource Center, a partnership among HHS, HUD, and the Department of Agriculture to expand access to affordable, accessible housing and the services that help people live successfully and stably in their community. Supportive housing is a proven, cost-effective approach that combines affordable housing with voluntary support services to help people with disabilities and complex health conditions maintain housing stability and improve their health and well-being.

“HUD is proud to partner with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide technical assistance and support to states for housing-related activities for those who need it the most,” stated HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge. “We encourage states to apply for this opportunity so we can make a collective difference in the lives of people with disabilities across the country.” 

Applications are due on December 1. For eligibility and application information, visit the program webpage.