RD193 - Report on Auxiliary Grant Supportive Housing – August 1, 2017

Executive Summary:

In 2016 the Virginia General Assembly passed House Bill (HB) 675 which amended the Code of Virginia and added a new setting to the Auxiliary Grant (AG) Program. Under this new provision, sixty individuals would have the opportunity to transition from an assisted living facility (ALF) to a community-based setting and receive supportive services while still maintaining their eligibility for AG. By August 1 of each year, the Department for Aging (DARS) is required to report, for the previous month of each fiscal year, the number of AG recipients living in supportive housing to the Director, Department of Planning and Budget and the Chairmen of the House of Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees.

As supportive housing is a new setting for the AG Program, the primary focus of state and local stakeholders over the past year has been developing the regulations, guidance, and contractual agreements necessary to successfully implement supportive housing. As of June 30, 2017, no AG recipients have transitioned to supportive housing, though it is anticipated that transitions will begin shortly after the start of state fiscal year (SFY) 2018.