Congress created HUD's Service Coordinator program through the National
Affordable Housing Act, Section 808 (Public Law 101-625). This
law gave HUD the authority to use Section 8 funds to employ Service
Coordinators in Section 202 housing.
The Service Coordinator program received additional authority through
the 1992 Housing
and Community Development Act (HCDA) (Public Law 102-550). The
HCDA expanded the program by broadening authority for funding of
Service Coordinators in most HUD assisted and conventional public
housing developments designated for the elderly and people with
disabilities. The law described key functions of a Service Coordinator's
job and gave examples of types of supportive services needed by
residents. The HCDA also stipulated mandatory training requirements.
851 of the American Homeownership and Economic Opportunity Act
of 2000 (Public Law 106-569) amended the HCDA. The primary modification
to the program now allows Service Coordinators to assist "low-income
elderly or disabled families living in the vicinity
of a HUD assisted housing site.