Health and housing departments partner to help people with disabilities

Two federal departments teamed up Thursday to help people with disabilities retain their independence.

The housing and health departments announced a partnership aimed at helping 1,000 non-elderly people with disabilities leave nursing homes and other institutions through a combination of rental assistance vouchers and healthcare and related support services. The Department of Housing and Urban Services is providing $7.5 million in rental assistance vouchers, while the Department of Health and Human Services will provide health and social services through its "Money Follows the Person" grant program.

"Through our collaboration with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, I know that we will be able to dramatically change peoples' lives," HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement. "Individuals with disabilities can have a life in the community that serves their needs and supports them in leading productive, meaningful lives."