Current Opportunities for Medicaid Financing

Corporation for Supportive Housing


This White Paper is part of an ongoing Corporation for Supportive Housing project to study how Medicaid funds can be used to fund services provided in supportive housing. The project is part of the Corporation’s ongoing effort to maintain and expand supportive housing by identifying new ways to fund its development, operations, and services. Medicaid is a federal entitlement program, matched by state and local dollars, that funds health care for low-income families and disabled individuals. Many of the health, case management, and supportive services provided to supportive housing tenants appear to qualify for Medicaid reimbursement. This project seeks to: Survey potential sources of Medicaid reimbursement for the variety of health care services needed by homeless people and supportive housing tenants;  Identify new Medicaid funding opportunities to sustain or expand services in supportive housing; Respond to federal policy changes that seek to increase the use of “mainstream” health and human services programs to provide services currently funded through “targeted” homeless assistance programs; and Explore ways to use state and local investments in supportive housing to leverage matching federal Medicaid funds.

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