Last week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced nearly $25 million to assist more than 2,054 low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families over a three-year period.
Among the recipients are two Georgia-based organizations.
The funding announced is offered through HUD’s Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program (HOPWA) and will renew HUD’s support of 25 local programs. These grants provide a combination of housing assistance and supportive services for this vulnerable population.
“HUD is committed to ensuring the best outcomes for HIV and AIDS survivors in our care,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “Through the combination of supportive services and stable housing, we will be able to assist in bringing healing to these individuals and their communities.”
Research shows that a stable home is critical to the well-being of persons living with HIV/AIDS, and results in better health outcomes and reduced transmission of the disease. In addition to housing assistance, these local programs will provide access to supportive services such as case management, mental health services, substance abuse services, and employment training. The combination of housing assistance and supportive services are critical in sustaining housing stability, promoting better health outcomes, and increasing quality of life, which promotes self-sufficiency efforts for those able to transition to the private housing market.
Since 1992, HUD’s HOPWA Program has provided national leadership and resources that support the development and operation of high-quality supportive housing programs. Under the HOPWA Program, HUD makes grants to cities, states, and nonprofit organizations to provide housing assistance and supportive services to low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families. By providing assistance with housing and related services, the HOPWA program helps persons living with HIV/AIDS enter into housing, access and remain in medical care, and adhere to complex treatment regimens. More information on the HOPWA program is available at https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/hopwa/.
HUD is providing renewal grants to the following local programs:
|Alabama||Health Services Center, Inc. (Birmingham)||$855,617|
|AIDS Alabama (Statewide)||$853,252|
|City of San Jose||$1,256,461|
|City and County of San Francisco||$1,430,000|
|Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center (San Francisco)||$473,217|
|Colorado||Del Norte Neighborhood Development Corp. (Denver)||$612,379|
|Delaware||Connections Community Support Programs (Statewide)||$757,211|
|Florida||I.M. Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless, Inc. (Jacksonville)||$1,215,572|
|City of Key West||$1,430,000|
|Georgia||City of Savannah, Daniel Flagg Villas||$249,432|
|City of Savannah, Project House Call||$671,776|
|Illinois||Cornerstone Services, Inc. (Joliet)||$856,220|
|Kentucky||Kentucky Housing Corporation (Statewide)||$431,467|
|Louisiana||Unity of Greater New Orleans||$796,621|
|Massachusetts||Justice Resource Institute (Greater Boston Area)||$1,377,743|
|Maryland||City of Baltimore||$1,405,950|
|Health Care for Homeless, Inc. (Baltimore)||$1,261,949|
|Maine||Frannie Peabody Center (Portland)||$1,406,578|
|Minnesota||Clare Housing (Minneapolis)||$951,376|
|Oregon||Our House of Portland||$1,016,409|
|Oregon Health Authority (Statewide)||$1,214,853|
|Rhode Island||The State of Rhode Island Office of Housing and Community Development (Sunrise Project)||$1,240,606|
|The State of Rhode Island Office of Housing and Community Development (New Transitions)||$741,355|
|Texas||City of Dallas||$746,853|