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Housing program for the disabled hits milestone

More than 1,000 people with disabilities will spend this holiday season in safe, affordable homes of their own because of Housing Access Services, sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) and The Arc of Minnesota.

More than 1,000 people with disabilities will spend this holiday season in safe, affordable homes of their own because of Housing Access Services, sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) and The Arc of Minnesota.
Housing Access Services helps Minnesota adults of all ages who are eligible for certain medical assistance programs because of their disability or other health care needs. In addition to housing, the program connects people to employment supports or work force centers, nutrition programs and other supports that help them to be successful living in the community.
“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,” said Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson.
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.
Among the 1,166 people who have moved since the program started in late 2009 are adults who had been living in their family homes and others who moved to their own homes from group homes, assisted living or from being homeless.

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