HHS, HUD Announce Expanded Resource Partnership

This week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the expansion of a partnership established earlier this year to improve access to affordable, accessible housing, and the critical services that make community living possible. HHS and HUD announced the launch of a national Housing and Services Resource Center (HSRC) as the hub of the coordinated federal effort.

The Housing and Services Resource Center will implement a federally coordinated approach to providing resources, program guidance, training, and technical assistance to public housing authorities and housing providers; state Medicaid, disability, aging, and behavioral health agencies; the aging and disability networks; homeless services organizations and networks; health care systems and providers; and tribal organizations. The Center aims to facilitate state and local partnerships between housing and service systems and assist communities in leveraging new housing and services resources available through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and other future acts.

According to HHS, the HSRC site brings together a wide variety of federal resources and guidance on both housing and services that support community living, including Medicaid-funded home- and community-based services, behavioral health supports, vouchers, and other housing programs. The site also provides information about the organizations in the respective networks and examples of successful partnerships and strategies for more effectively and efficiently connecting people to affordable, accessible housing, and the services provided in the home or community. HHS and HUD will be offering webinars, developing, and disseminating new technical assistance resources, facilitate peer-to-peer learning, and launch a learning collaborative.

Additional information from HHS is available here.