Olmstead Housing Subsidy
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 funding was made available as part of the Medicaid Redesign Team's Supportive Housing Workgroup 2014-15 allocation plan to help address the needs of eligible Medicaid participants in transitioning from nursing home settings or preventing nursing home placement.
Eligible participants of the pilot program are those enrolled in Medicaid who are in need of nursing home level of care as determined by the Uniform Assessment System (UAS), who are homeless or unstably housed, and who have spent at least one hundred and twenty (120) consecutive days in a nursing home over the most recent two-year period and who have the ability to live safely in the community.
The OHS subsidy will be 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 will also be funding available for "community transition services" which includes security deposits, moving expenses, utility payments and household establishment purchases.
SILO covers the Long Island region, partnering with New York Association On Independent Living to staff housing specialists across the state to provide outreach to, and assist eligible individuals with OHS program enrollment.