High-need Medicaid beneficiary rent subsidy & transitional housing support
The Olmstead Housing Subsidy (OHS) program is a two-year statewide pilot program to establish a rental subsidy and transitional housing support service program for high-need Medicaid beneficiaries. The program provides assistance to persons who live in a nursing home or are unstably housed with choosing, accessing, and maintaining an independent apartment.
- Nursing home level of care – (for Community-Based/Homeless participants a determination will be made via the Uniform Assessment System (UAS) (score 5 or higher)
- Homeless or unstably housed
- Medicaid enrolled
- Spent at least one hundred and twenty (120) consecutive days in a nursing home, over the most recent two-year period
- Elderly (age 55 and over) or chronically disabled
- Have the ability to live safely in the community, with the necessary supports and services
The Olmstead Housing Subsidy provides the following services, as needed:
- Apartment selection assistance, to locate safe and affordable housing that meets the needs of the participant
- Essential furniture and household furnishing purchases
- Rental stipend to assist with meeting rent and utility obligations
- One-time set-up fees for service access including: electric, heat, telephone, broker’s fees and mover’s expenses
- Monthly contact
- Assistance in applying for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher
The Olmstead Housing Subsidy program is a statewide program. WILC covers the entire Lower Hudson Valley which includes Ulster, Dutchess, Sullivan, Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties.
The OHS subsidy is modeled after the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) and Nursing Home Transition and Diversion (NHTD) waiver subsidy programs in that the individual will be required to pay 30% of their monthly income, less allowances. There is also funding available for “community transition services” which includes security deposits, moving expenses, utility payments and household establishment purchases.