Six States Awarded Lifespan Respite Care Program Grants

The Administration on Aging awarded grants of more than $1.1 million to six states to implement the Lifespan Respite Care Program in order to reduce family caregiver strain and increase the ability of a caregiver to continue to provide essential care.  Grant awards were made to Colorado, Hawaii, Montana, New Jersey, Ohio, and Virginia to expand and enhance respite care services to family caregivers of children or adults of all ages with special needs.  Grantees will also strengthen statewide dissemination and coordination of respite care, improve access to respite programs, and enhance the quality of respite care services.  Read more about the grants.

Supportive Housing Funding Opportunity Extended

Across the nation, people with I/DD face a crisis in the availability of decent, safe, affordable, and accessible housing. To help address this, each year the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides funding through its Section 811 program for nonprofits to develop rental housing with supportive services for very low-income adults with disabilities. Last week, HUD increased the amount of currently-available funding to include appropriations authorized under the final FY 2011 budget. Approximately $141 million is now available.  Applications are due June 23, 2011. Learn more at Grants.gov.

Emergency Management and Accessibility for People with Disabilities

The Grant Programs Directorate in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sent an information bulletin to state emergency management officials to remind them of the importance of including the needs of people with disabilities and other functional needs in their 2011 grant applications. The bulletin gave examples of how to integrate disability access into planning and making decisions about purchasing equipment and supplies, such as including people with disabilities in planning, providing training to emergency managers, and making shelters accessible. See the bulletin on the FEMA website.

HUD announces funding availability for supportive housing

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published a notice of funding availability (NOFA) of $114 million:  $87M for Mainstream voucher renewals; $34M for project rental assistance contract renewals/amendments, and $113.99M for an estimated 899 new units of supportive housing for non-elderly people with disabilities. PLEASE NOTE:  Because these funds were appropriated in HUD’s FY 2010 budget, this NOFA does not implement the new approaches to creating Section 811 units authorized by the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act.  The reformed Section 811 program – which was signed into law by President Obama in January of 2011 – will be implemented during FY 2012.  Section 811 applications submitted in response to this NOFA are due to HUD on June 23, 2011.  More information is available at http://www.hud.gov/offices/adm/grants/nofa10/811nofa.pdf

$2.25 million funding availability for states

The U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) announced the availability of approximately $2.25 million for Lifespan Respite. This money will allow states to establish or expand their Lifespan Respite Care systems.  AoA will award up to 12 states with $200,000 for three year projects. These projects must propose to serve all eligible unpaid caregivers and improve the access to respite services. Applications are due on Friday, May 20, 2011.  Letters of intent to apply must be submitted by Monday, April 25, 2011. For more information on this opportunity, go to: http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/Grants/Funding/index.aspx

Grants to increase healthy behaviors announced by HHS

On February 24, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the availability of $100 million in grants for state incentive programs that encourage Medicaid enrollees to adopt healthy behaviors.   An application by a state for a grant under the Medicaid Incentives for Prevention of Chronic Diseases (MIPCD) program must address at least one of the following prevention goals: (1) tobacco cessation, (2) controlling or reducing weight, (3) lowering cholesterol, (4) lowering blood pressure, and (5) avoiding the onset of diabetes or improving the management of the condition. Further information, see http://www.cms.gov/MIPCD/