The Olmstead Housing Subsidy (OHS)


The Olmstead Housing Subsidy (OHS) program is a two-year statewide pilot program to establish a rental subsidy and transitional housing support service program for high-need Medicaid beneficiaries. The funding was made available as part of the Medicaid Redesign Team’s Supportive Housing Workgroup 2014-15 allocation plan to help address the needs of eligible Medicaid participants in transitioning from nursing home settings or preventing nursing home placement.

Eligible participants must meet the following program requirements:

  • Be age 55 or older OR be age 18 or older with a documented chronic disability.

  • Be enrolled in Medicaid.

  • Meet nursing home level of care as determined by the Uniform Assessment System for New York (UAS-NY).

  • Be living in a nursing home, or be homeless or unstably housed.

  • Have spent at least one hundred and twenty (120) consecutive days in a nursing home over the most recent two-year period.

  • Have the ability to live safely in the community. 

The OHS subsidy is modeled after the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) and Nursing Home Transition and Diversion (NHTD) waiver subsidy programs in that the individual will be required to pay 30% of their monthly income, less allowances. There is also funding available for “community transition services” which includes security deposits, moving expenses, utility payments and household establishment purchases.

NYAIL is partnering with member ILCs to staff housing specialists across the state to provide outreach, and assist eligible individuals with OHS program enrollment. The Olmstead Housing Subsidy program contract start date was August 1, 2016 and we have begun processing subsidies.


For more information, please contact:

Valerie Brennan,
Program Manager
Olmstead Housing Subsidy Program
155 Washington Ave, Suite 208
Albany, NY 12210
Phone: 518-465-4650 x110
Fax 518-465-4625