Following two years of advocacy from LeadingAge on behalf of affordable senior housing communities, a raft of supportive services for older adults can now be more easily accessed and funded with the publication of Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) guidance on February 9. HUD’s directions clarify how providers can access the funding, and which activities, from meal services to mental health supports, can be paid for using the HUD-funded supportive services fee of between $15 and $27 per unit per month (PUPM) depending on the property. The additional funding is allocated to HUD Section 202 Project Rental Assistance Contracts (PRAC) under HUD regulations (24 C.F.R. §891.225) and is meant to support independent aging.
“Through HUD’s actions, the lives of more than 130,000 residents of Section 202 PRAC housing, who have average annual household incomes of $14,727, will be improved,” said Linda Couch, Vice President, Housing Policy, LeadingAge. “A ride to a doctor appointment or help with shopping or laundry and access to telehealth can make a big difference in an older adult’s well-being, as can access to grief counseling or fall prevention activities. We’re thrilled to partner with HUD and bring information about this valuable opportunity to our members.”
February 09, 2023
HUD Publishes LeadingAge-Driven Guidance for Supportive Services Funding in Senior Housing
LeadingAge advocated for and helped shape HUD guidance on the Section 202 PRAC supportive service fee, which funds services for older adults in certain HUD-assisted communities.
HUD Section 202 PRAC Properties: Supportive Services Fee
Updates coming soon based on Feb 9, 2023 HUD guidance
Due to a lack of HUD guidance implementing the $15 per unit per month (PUPM) services fee for Section 202 PRAC properties, very few housing providers have included it in their budgets. When LeadingAge alerted HUD Headquarters to this issue in early 2021, HUD agreed to begin work on guidance for the Section 202 affordable housing portfolio. LeadingAge’s Services and Service Coordination Workgroup has since had the opportunity to weigh in on drafts of the HUD notice, and as of early Fall 2022, the guidance is in clearance and expected to be published by HUD soon.
LeadingAge to HUD: Prioritize Services Fee Guidance
LeadingAge sends a letter to the new Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multifamily Housing of Department of Housing and Urban Development with key considerations for the future of HUD-assisted affordable senior housing, asking that “HUD prioritize issuing guidance for owners and field offices on eligible uses for the Per Unit Per Month Services Fee for Section 202 communities. There is currently much confusion about the services fee authorization among both owners and HUD field staff, resulting in vast underutilization of this important resource. We also urge the agency to adjust budget request numbers to Congress to reflect full use of the supportive services fee across the program. HUD should also clarify that the fee can go to support all residents at a property, not only those who are currently designated as ‘frail.'”