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Michigan selected to receive $5.5 million in disability, low income aid

March 24, 2015

The Michigan Department of Community Health, or MDCH, announced that the state was selected to receive more than $5.5 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The funding is to be used to provide rental assistance and supportive services to "extremely-low income persons with disabilities" according to the MDCH press release

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley said the grant will allow for greater independence and ultimately a better way of life for people with disabilities.

According to the press release, the funding will be distributed collaboratively by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) and the MDCH. These two organizations will work together to identify and support the target populations in Michigan. 

As stated in the press release, the grant is to provide rental assistance and help prevent unnecessary institutionalization and even homelessness. 

"This grant will help connect hundreds of low-income adults with disabilities to permanent affordable housing and the supportive services they need for a quality life," Acting Executive Director for MSHDA Wayne Workman said. "I am proud of the way MSHDA and MDCH worked together to identify and apply for this opportunity to help Michigan residents in a comprehensive way.”

Nick Lyon, director of the MDCH and interim director of the Department of Human Services, spoke about the grant as well as commended the collaborative efforts of the MSHDA and MDCH.

"Promoting community-based services and systems of care for persons with disabilities is essential to ensuring that all of our residents have the support they need to lead healthy, productive lives," Lyon said. "This grant is a testament to inter-departmental collaboration, and I look forward to continued partnership with MSHDA as we work to provide stable, inclusive environments for those individuals and families who need it most."

Michigan was one of 25 states selected to receive funding for this program according to the MDCH.

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