Gov. Cuomo Includes Supportive Housing in End-of-Year Report

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New York Rising highlights housing and Medicaid Redesign efforts

Governor Andrew Cuomo released his 2013 year-end report last month. The 54-page document offers an overview of the various initiatives supported by his administration, including supportive housing. As the Network awaits the Governor’s 2014 State of the State address this Wednesday, we are encouraged by these words and the Governor’s continued endorsement of the supportive housing model as part of his efforts to reform Medicaid. You can read New York Rising in full here.

“There is a growing national recognition that addressing the social determinants of health is critical for both improving health status and reducing costs," the report states. "This is most evident in the matter of housing. Governor Cuomo announced the allocation of $86 million to support nearly 5,500 individuals through the Medicaid Redesign Team Supportive Housing Program. The funds are managed by multiple State agencies working cooperatively, and support both capital projects and rental and service subsidies. To date, funds have been committed to construct 12 new buildings, which will create 483 new supportive housing units. Funding has also provided over 4,300 individuals with rental subsidies and service supports. Although the link between stable housing and Medicaid cost control is well known, this is the first time that projected Medicaid savings have been directed to the development of supportive housing.”

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