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June 2, 2010

HUD Definition of Homeless Individual with a Disability

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a proposed rule in the April 20 Federal Register to define homeless, homeless individual, homeless person, and homeless individual with a disability under the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009. Comments are due June 20 and may be submitted electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal (www.regulations.gov). Instructions for submitting comments are included in the proposed rules available at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-8835.pdf. The proposed definition of homeless individual with a disability includes a disability that is of indefinite duration; impedes the individual’s ability to live independently; could improve with suitable housing; and is a physical, mental, or emotional impairment, including that caused by alcohol or drug abuse; post-traumatic stress disorder; brain injury; is a developmental disability or is developed from AIDS.

Telehealth Network Grant Program

Nonprofit entities may apply for a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant (HRSA-10-213) to improve access to health care in underserved rural and urban communities. The application deadline is 8:00 p.m., June 14. The grants are for three years, beginning in September. Up to eight $250,000 grants will be awarded. Funding preference will be given to entities that meet one of the following criteria:

  • Rural community-based organization or other community-based organization.
  • Federal funds will be used to develop plans for or establish telehealth networks that provide mental health, public health, long-term care, home care, preventive health, or case management services.
  • Coordinate with other relevant federally funded programs, communities, and populations to be served through the grant.
  • The project has a telehealth network which includes an entity that provides clinical health care services or educational services for health care providers and patients or their families and is a public school, public library, an institution of higher education, or local government.
  • Promotes local connectivity within areas, communities, or populations served.
  • A clinical health care information system is integrated into the project.

The grant announcement is available through the HRSA e-Handbook (https://grants.hrsa.gov/webExternal/FundingOppDetails.asp?FundingCycleId=F72856E9-BBD0-4D21-ABE1-A9F814C16D88&ViewMode=EU&GoBack=&PrintMode=&OnlineAvailabilityFlag=&pageNumber=&version=&NC=&Popup=).

Lifespan Respite Care Program Grant

The commonwealth will apply for a three-year Lifespan Respite Care Program grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. The decision to submit a proposal was supported by input from a summit held in March with a broad array of stakeholders. The proposal was developed with many stakeholders working with the Departments of Aging, Health, and Public Welfare. The goal of the grant is to develop an improved lifespan respite system for individuals with disabilities of all ages, building on existing services and structures. The grant will involve the Pennsylvania Lifespan Respite Coalition and the Aging and Disability Resource Centers, as well as the listed departments. An advisory council will provide guidance to the project director and the Department of Aging. Up to 15 grants of $200,000 each will be awarded by the US Administration on Aging. PCPA has signed a letter of support for Pennsylvania’s application, which must be submitted by June 7. The grant announcement is available on the Grants.gov web site (www.grants.gov). Select Find Grant Opportunities, and enter “lifespan respite” in the Basic Search feature.

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