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HHS and HUD Announce Partnership to Advance Community Living

On the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the White House announced a new partnership between the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to enhance and link the housing and services that people with disabilities and older adults need to thrive in their communities.
 
HHS and HUD will work together to expand accessible and affordable housing, help people exit homelessness, improve home and community-based services, and address the institutional bias in America's long-term care system. A joint fact sheet highlights opportunities for state and local partnerships to use American Rescue Plan Act funding to help people with disabilities and older adults transition to the community and have stable housing. 
 
In the coming months, the aging and disability networks, health systems, and housing sector can anticipate an increased emphasis on state and local cross-sector partnerships. Within HHS, the Administration for Community Living, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration will assist their networks in building partnerships with the housing providers, homelessness continuums of care, and community development sector. 

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