Have 1,000 People Transitioned Out of Institutions With Mainstream Category 2 Vouchers? Information Bulletin #335
It’s been about seven months since HUD awarded its Mainstream Category 2 Vouchers. These were the special vouchers that were intended to be used solely for people with disabilities to transition from institutions to the community. Housing Authorities and other public entities had to apply for these vouchers, and HUD awarded them on a competitive basis.
We know there were a lot of advocates for individuals with disabilities who were very disappointed that their Housing Authorities had not been awarded these vouchers. This was particularly so, after advocates had worked with and encouraged their Housing Authorities to apply.
Okay folks - now is the time to check out if the “winning” Housing Authorities have actually used these Category 2 Vouchers as they were intended - to help people to leave institutions.
Has your State Medicaid agency been actively involved? Has it helped identify people who want to transition out? How has the Housing Authority identified the person who was institutionalized?