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Interagency Collaborations

Assisted Living


Connecticut and the nation began exploring alternatives to nursing facility placement for elders in the 1990s as research seemed to conclude that institutionalized nursing care was not the preferred or most cost effective model for elders who might be capable of maintaining independence when provided adequate daily support.  As a result of this new understanding, the state legislature authorized a pilot program to test the efficacy of Assisted Living as an alternative housing and care model for elders living in affordable, subsidized housing.     

Since 1999, Connecticut has led the way in creating and sustaining affordable Assisted Living alternatives that enhance and maintain the health and dignity of their residents. CHFA has collaborated with the following state agencies to provide Assisted Living Housing:


A Brief History of Assisted Living Programs in CT Involving CHFA

In 1999, CHFA joined an interagency team to implement the Assisted Living Demonstration Program.  The goal of the program was to create up to 300 subsidized Assisted Living units in at least three municipalities.   The program succeeded at developing 224 new units of affordable housing for individuals eligible for Assisted Living services, funded by the Connecticut Home Care Program for Elders (CHCPE), in four communities.  

In accordance with the memorandum of understanding between the agencies, CHFA provided subsidized mortgage financing; while DECD provides rental subsidies and DSS provides financial assistance to help pay for core and personal services for residents of qualified units in the developments.  DPH approves and licenses the “Assisted Living Services Agencies” (ALSAs) that provide these services. OPM provides ongoing oversight and policy support before the Connecticut General Assembly.   

Current Assisted Living Initiatives involving CHFA

As funding for Assisted Living is made available, CHFA issues Requests for Proposals (RFPs) soliciting applications from interested developers.  (See, Requests for Proposals for more information.)


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