Minnesota Housing Program for People with Disabilities Hits Milestone

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) and The Arc of Minnesota’s Housing Access Services Program has moved 1,166 adults of all ages who are eligible for certain Medical Assistance programs or other health care needs to housing. The program also connects people to employment supports or workforce centers, nutrition programs and other supports that help them to be successful living in the community.

 “We work to help people with disabilities and older adults live in their own homes and the Housing Access Services program is important to reaching that goal,” said Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson. “When I visit with people with disabilities who are living in their own apartments for the first time, or Minnesotans who have stayed in their own homes as they age, I see the difference we can make in people’s lives.”

 According to a recent news article, once someone decides they want to move to their own home, Housing Access Services staff help the person find housing. Staff can help complete rental applications and lease agreements, meet and negotiate with landlords, find affordable furnishings and move belongings. Housing Access Services also can pay application fees and other expenses and can help people connect to other benefits, such as food assistance.