Assisted Living: Archive News


 Left:  Governor Rick Scott addressing LeadingAge Florida members  Governor Rick Scott with LeadingAge Florida’s Executive Committee. From L to R: Darlene Arbeit, Jeff Rock, Melissa Gilreath, Keith Myers, Diane Marcello, Gov. Scott, Brian Robare, Kevin Smaage.

2012 Legislative Workshop Highlights – LeadingAge Florida’s 2012 Legislative Workshop was held in Tallahassee on Jan. 31 – Feb. 1 and was highlighted by Florida Governor Rick Scott’s participation and presentation at the Workshop luncheon. We would like to thank the many housing members who made the trip to Tallahassee for the event. During the workshop, the attendees had several visits with their state representatives and senators. These meetings went very well and we received good feedback on the work being done on behalf of affordable housing. We still have a long way to go, so we hope more housing members will attend next year to continue to educate our legislators and their staff on the importance of affordable senior housing.

During the workshop, we also received an update from Ben Metcalf, Senior Advisor for Multifamily Housing Programs, Office of Housing, U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development. We hope you were able to join us via conference call. For those of you who did not attend, Metcalf discussed rental housing preservation, maturing mortgages, the multifamily preservation agenda, facilitating refinance and rehab, senior preservation rental assistance contracts, rental assistance demonstration, LIHTC proposals, senior housing as a platform for services, the need for and effectiveness of supportive housing, new funding for section 202 service coordinators, and the assisted living conversion program. If you would like a copy of Mr. Metcalf’s presentation, please email Casey Stoutamire, Director of Housing and Membership, at

On the second day of the workshop, we received a federal legislative update from Alayna Waldrum, Housing Legislative Representative for LeadingAge. Waldrum also discussed 2011 housing developments, current housing issues, pending housing issues, and future housing issues. She also gave the attendees LeadingAge’s 2012 legislative priorities. If you would like a copy of Waldrum’s presentation, please email Casey Stoutamire at the link above.

Housing Bill Update – HB 249/SB 454, which would exclude any apartment complex inspected by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development or other entity acting on the department’s behalf that is designated primarily as housing for persons as least 55 years of age from the definition of a public lodging establishment and thus eliminate the state inspection of the facility, is still moving through the committee process. We have hit a snag on the House side, but we are diligently working to get it heard in the House Government Operations Appropriations subcommittee as soon as possible. The committee has problems with the fiscal impact of the bill. We have been in constant contact with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) to discuss how we can lower the fiscal impact. On Wednesday, Feb. 1, LeadingAge Florida members Melissa Gilreath and Luanne Reese Moore met with the committee chairman, Rep. Ed Hooper, committee staff, and the Legislative Director from DBPR to explain the impact the duplicate inspection and licensing has on senior HUD facilities. Rep. Hooper said he wants the bill to move forward and has asked DBPR to re-run its numbers to try and find a solution. Please make sure to listen to our weekly legislative update conference calls and read our weekly legislative session update for the latest information.

2012 PAC Renewal Instructions Announced – HUD has just released the instructions for renewing Project Assistance Contracts (PACs) for 2012. The instructions provide guidance to the field for processing PAC renewals for FY 2012. Please note that the contract for FY 2012 renewals contains changes (dates and authorizing legislative section). Please do not use the FY 2011 contract. Headquarters sent the instructions to the field on Feb. 1, 2012.

The memorandum and the FY 2012 contract are also available on the HUD website at:

Housing Notice H 2012-01 Issued – Housing Notice H 2012-01 was issued on Jan. 5 and provided the regulatory reporting requirements and guidance for legal entities receiving federal assistance. Rental assistance payments made under Project-Based Section 8 or Section 202 or 811 Project Rental Assistance Contracts are covered under these requirements. Owners must obtain a DUNS number and have an active, valid registration in CCR.

HUD uses your CCR registration data for payment and contract information purposes. CCR registration includes your electronic funds transfer (EFT) data and will expedite contract payments. Failure to provide and maintain current certifications will result in the inability for future funds to be obligated by HUD. This includes funds to be obligated for renewals of HAP Contracts, PAC Contracts, PRAC Contracts, and all Grant Funds issued by the Department.

You must renew and revalidate your CCR registration at least every 12 months from the date you previously registered. However, you are strongly urged to revalidate your registration more frequently to ensure that CCR is up to date and in sync with changes that may have been made to DUNS and IRS information. If you do not renew your registration, it will expire. An expired registration will affect your ability to receive contract awards or payments, submit assistance award applications via, or receive certain payments from the Department.

Please review your records to ensure that your CCR Registration number is active/renewed. If you have not provided a copy of your DUNS number and CCR Registration to HUD, please do so in accordance with Housing Notice H 2011-01 at your earliest convenience. For the State of Florida, this information should be forwarded to Eleanor Hammonds and/or Monette Johnson in the Jacksonville HUD Office.

Information concerning obtaining a DUNS number is available at:

Information concerning CCR (Central Contractor Registration) is available at:

Affordable Rental Buildings Filling Gap in Senior Housing – A recent article in the Chicago Tribune highlighted the need for affordable housing for seniors. In light of no new Section 202 funding, this article shows why new funding is needed and how affordable senior housing is a necessity. You can read the full article at

ALF 11-06
  1. ALF Oversight and Regulations is Watched Closely by Governor and Senate




  1. Miami Herald ALF Exposé Leads to Congressional Hearings


  1. FAHSA Comments to Governor’s ALF Workgroup



ALF 11-05
  1. ALF Oversight and Regulations is Watched Closely by Governor and Senate


ALF 11-04
  1.  Initial Survey for Assisted Living Facilities


ALF 11-03
  1.  AHCA Actions Against ALFs and Necessary Responses 


ALF 11-02
  1. AED: Check Your Local Requirements
  2. ALF Repeal Bill Vetoed While ALF Task Force Is Created
  3. AHCA Holds ALF Roundtable Meeting in Orlando 

ALF Round Table Agenda 
ALF Draft Family Interview
ALF Draft Resident Interview
ALF Draft Staff Interview
ALF Draft Survey Process
ALF Draft General Tour Notes 
Miami Herald Editorial




ALF 11-01
  1.  AHCA/DOEA Gathers Input on ALF Regulatory Reductions 


ALF 10-03
  1.  Amendments Adopted to the ALF Rule 58-A 


ALF 10-02
  1. AHCA Background Screening Update -- 8/11/10

Technical Brief
  1.  Background Screening

ALF 10-01
  1.  Assisted Living Salary & Benefits Report Shows Salary Increase for Director of Human Resources (From HCS Press Release)

Technical Brief
  1.  Rule Revisions Made to Assisted Living Facilities (Effective: April 15, 2010)



ALF 09-04
  1.  Senate Interim Study Issues Recommendations to the Legislature on Florida ALF Licensure Structure

ALF 09-03
  1.  ALF Survey Results -- FAHSA Members Support Expansion of Services Permitted in Standard ALFs

ALF 09-02
  1. AHCA Issues Letter Regarding New Legislation in Final Bill -- SB 1986

ALF 09-01
  1. Person-Centered Care
  2. James C. Binnicker Honored as a “Great American”

ALF 08-04
  1. AHCA/DoEA Assessing Interest in Possible ALF Rule Workshops
  2. Comments Needed on Provider Experience with the NH Diversion and ALE Medicaid Waiver Program
  3. Identification of Members Who Know Legislators 

ALF 08-03
  1. Can ALF Staff Assist with TED Hose?
  2. More Slots Available for Assisted Living for the Elderly Waiver Program through 2008 (Statewide Program for ALF residents 

ALF 08-02
  1. 2008-2009 AAHSA Assisted Living Salary & Benefits Survey

ALF 08-01
  1. AHCA Distributes Detailed Report on ALF Problem