A Primer on Using Medicaid for People Experiencing Chronic Homelessness and Tenants in Permanent Supportive Housing. 1.5. Medicaid Not Expected to Pay for Housing


Housing is a key component of all strategies for ending chronic homelessness. Statutory provisions prohibit Medicaid from paying for housing itself; none of the approaches described in this Primer expect it to do so. What Medicaid can do is finance many of the health and behavioral health elements of the supportive services without which people often fail to get or remain in housing.

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