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Olmstead Housing Subsidy

AIM Independent Living Center has a housing specialist on staff to help people with disabilities and seniors use the Olmstead Housing Subsidy to find an accessible, safe and affordable place to live independently.

The Olmstead Housing Subsidy is intended to help high-needs Medicaid recipients move out of a nursing home, or to avoid placement in a nursing home.

It is open to Medicaid recipients 55 and older, or 18 and older with a documented chronic disability, who live in a nursing home or have recently lived in a nursing home (at least 120 days in the past two years) and are homeless or unstably housed.

Participants must require nursing home level of care as determined by the Uniform Assessment System, and must have the ability to live safely in the community with supports and services.

Participants pay 30 percent of their monthly income, less allowances, toward rent for an apartment in the community. There is also funding available to help people move into their new apartment, which can be used for security deposits, moving expenses, utility start-up payments and basic household furnishings.

The Olmstead Housing Subsidy is funded by the New York State Department of Health’s Medicaid Redesign Team and administered by the New York Association on Independent Living, with services provided by specialists at independent living centers across the state, such as AIM.

AIM’s specialist helps people enroll in the Olmstead Housing Subsidy program and find suitable housing in the community. The specialist acts as a liaison with landlords, conducts inspections of the rental unit to ensure health and safety, and provides follow-up services.

AIM provides free assistance with the Olmstead Housing Subsidy program in Allegany, Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties. For more details or to be screened for eligibility, contact AIM’s Olmstead Housing Subsidy Specialist, Jessica Harshberger, at jharshberger@aimcil.com or (607) 962-8225, ext. 141.

Information about the Olmstead Housing Subsidy is also available at NYAIL’s website:  https://ilny.us/programs/ohs.

The program is named after the Supreme Court’s 1999 Olmstead Decision, which determined that people with disabilities have the right to live and receive services in the most integrated setting possible.