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Access Across America

Some Background...

The Problem

Even with the increased availability of Medicaid community-based services and supports, people with disabilities are being stopped from relocating to housing in the community because they cannot get access to vouchers or to accessible, affordable, and integrated housing options. This affects all disabled people who have gone into nursing homes and due to Katrina and the HUD cuts the situation has worsened. Thousands of disabled and elderly people wait. Many people have dropped out of transitioning programs, losing hope when they could not get any assistance to coordinate their Medicaid community-based services and supports with any real access to affordable, accessible, integrated housing.
Solution: Access Across America

We are looking for 1,000 vouchers per year for the five years, so a total of 5,000 vouchers.

What is: Access Across America

Access Across America is a proposal to HUD for a national program to help people coming out of nursing homes, or at risk of going into a nursing homes, because they cannot get affordable, integrated and accessible housing. This program coordinates the receipt of subsidized housing vouchers with Medicaid-eligible persons transitioning out of nursing homes or at risk of going into a nursing home due to a housing crisis, who are receiving home and community-based services and supports.

Directs HUD and HHS/CMS to collaborate, coordinate and improve services to low income persons with disabilities, thus ensuring that they can truly live in the most integrated setting.

Who Is Eligible For Access Across America?

How Will Access Across America Be Implemented

HUD, coordinating with HHS/CMS, will work at the state and local levels with federally authorized community-based organizations such as Independent Living Centers and Area Agencies on Aging, to facilitate the coordination of and implementation of the ACCESS ACROSS AMERICA program.

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