USDA and HHS will partner to create addiction recovery transitional housing in rural communities.
“Strong and healthy communities are foundational for prosperity in rural America,” said Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett. “
“We know that the opioid crisis has hit rural communities hard, and we need to leverage all possible partnerships to support these communities,” said HHS Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz. “Housing plays a vital part in the recovery process for those living with opioid use disorders.”
USDA and HHS formalized their partnership through an official Memorandum of Understanding. Nonprofit organizations will be able to purchase homes from USDA and convert them to transitional housing for people recovering from opioid misuse.
USDA Rural Development and HHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will coordinate efforts to sell USDA’s Real Estate Owned single-family housing properties at a discount to non-profit organizations that provide housing, treatment, job training and other key services for people in substance misuse treatment and recovery. This will further enhance the two organizations’ formal collaboration. It began in 2018 with SAMHSA’s supplementing of USDA Cooperative Extension grants to expand technical assistance and training on opioid use disorder prevention and treatment.