Skip to main content Skip to office menu Skip to footer
Minnesota Legislature

Office of the Revisor of Statutes

256.9751 Congregate housing services projects.

Subdivision 1. Definitions. For the purposes of this section, the following terms have the meanings given them.

(a) Congregate housing. "Congregate housing" means federally or locally subsidized housing, designed for the elderly, consisting of private apartments and common areas which can be used for activities and for serving meals.

(b) Congregate housing services projects. "Congregate housing services project" means a project in which services are or could be made available to older persons who live in subsidized housing and which helps delay or prevent nursing home placement. To be considered a congregate housing services project, a project must have: (1) an on-site coordinator, and (2) a plan for assuring the availability of one meal per day, seven days a week, for each elderly participant in need.

(c) On-site coordinator. "On-site coordinator" means a person who works on-site in a building or buildings and who serves as a contact for older persons who need services, support, and assistance in order to delay or prevent nursing home placement.

(d) Congregate housing services project participants or project participants. "Congregate housing services project participants" or "project participants" means elderly persons 60 years old or older, who are currently residents of, or who are applying for residence in housing sites, and who need support services to remain independent.

Subd. 2. Repealed, 1994 c 480 s 9

Subd. 3. Grant program. The Minnesota board on aging shall establish a congregate housing services grant program which will enable communities to provide on-site coordinators to serve as a contact for older persons who need services and support, and assistance to access services in order to delay or prevent nursing home placement.

Subd. 4. Use of grant funds. Grant funds shall be used to develop and fund on-site coordinator positions. Grant funds shall not be used to duplicate existing funds, to modify buildings, or to purchase equipment.

Subd. 5. Grant eligibility. A public or nonprofit agency or housing unit may apply for funds to provide a coordinator for congregate housing services to an identified population of frail elderly persons in a subsidized multiunit apartment building or buildings in a community. The board shall give preference to applicants that meet the requirements of this section, and that have a common dining site. Local match may be required. State money received may also be used to match federal money allocated for congregate housing services. Grants shall be awarded to urban and rural sites.

Subd. 6. Criteria for selection. The Minnesota board on aging shall select projects under this section according to the following criteria:

(1) the extent to which the proposed project assists older persons to age-in-place to prevent or delay nursing home placement;

(2) the extent to which the proposed project identifies the needs of project participants;

(3) the extent to which the proposed project identifies how the on-site coordinator will help meet the needs of project participants;

(4) the extent to which the proposed project plan assures the availability of one meal a day, seven days a week, for each elderly participant in need;

(5) the extent to which the proposed project demonstrates involvement of participants and family members in the project; and

(6) the extent to which the proposed project demonstrates involvement of housing providers and public and private service agencies, including area agencies on aging.

Subd. 7. Grant applications. The Minnesota board on aging shall request proposals for grants and award grants using the criteria in subdivision 6. Grant applications shall include:

(1) documentation of the need for congregate services so the residents can remain independent;

(2) a description of the resources, such as social services and health services, that will be available in the community to provide the necessary support services;

(3) a description of the target population, as defined in subdivision 1, paragraph (d);

(4) a performance plan that includes written performance objectives, outcomes, timelines, and the procedure the grantee will use to document and measure success in meeting the objectives; and

(5) letters of support from appropriate public and private agencies and organizations, such as area agencies on aging and county human service departments that demonstrate an intent to work with and coordinate with the agency requesting a grant.

Subd. 8. Report. By January 1, 1993, the Minnesota board on aging shall submit a report to the legislature evaluating the programs. The report must document the project costs and outcomes that helped delay or prevent nursing home placement. The report must describe steps taken for quality assurance and must also include recommendations based on the project findings.

HIST: 1991 c 292 art 7 s 7; 1992 c 513 art 7 s 29,30