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Schatz: Hawai‘i Selected For New Federal Effort To Improve Health Care And Housing Services For Those In Need

Schatz Worked With State On Application For Federal Initiative

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) today released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that the State of Hawai‘i has been selected to participate in the Housing and Services Partnership Accelerator, a new initiative to improve coordination across Medicaid, housing, and health care systems to better serve people with disabilities and older adults who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

“This new partnership will mean more federal resources – including staff development – to help the state better provide critical housing and health care services to those in need,” said Senator Schatz, Chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Housing and Urban Development.

The 12-month initiative will provide Hawai‘i with direct support from health care and housing experts and federal agencies, including HHS and HUD, to tackle the real-world problems they face when trying to coordinate across state and local health and housing agencies and improve delivery of vital services to those that rely on it.