HUD AWARDS $8.8 MILLION TO IMPROVE HOUSING AND SERVICES FOR FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS LIVING WITH AIDS

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Grants provided by HUD’s Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program

WASHINGTON, DC – September 21, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded nearly $9 million to projects in seven cities and states that will offer permanent and transitional housing and support services to more than 200 households with families and individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Provided through HUD’s Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program, these projects will also develop new cross program approaches in HIV care by creating an Integrated HIV/AIDS Housing Plan in their communities.

“These resources will allow public agencies, nonprofits and housing authorities to forge new partnerships so that together, we can deliver comprehensive housing solutions and services for low-income families dealing with HIV,” HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said. “These communities will be innovating to more effectively and efficiently assist vulnerable households with HIV and serve as models for others to improve health outcomes and reduce risks of homelessness.”

HUD’s grant funding will support the following cities and organizations: (see project-by-project summaries below.)

State

 

HOPWA Grantee Name

 

Area of Service

Grant Award

 

California

Los Angeles County Commission on HIV

Los Angeles

$1,375,000

Florida

River Region Human Services, Inc.

Jacksonville

$1,353,743

Massachusetts

Justice Resource Institute, Inc.

Boston

$1,223,377

Maine

Frannie Peabody Center

Statewide

$930,909

New York

Corporation for AIDS Research Education and Services Inc.

 

Albany and Rochester

$1,344,375

Oregon

City of Portland

Portland

$1,365,900

Texas

City of Dallas

Dallas

$1,287,500

TOTAL: $8,880,804

In collaboration with other parties, these groups will offer supportive housing over the next three years to 208 households. Grants funded under this initiative advance HUD’s implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and will demonstrate models for a next generation of improved coordination of housing and care for a vulnerable population. This better integration of housing support will also help achieve the Obama Administration’s Opening Doors Strategy to prevent and end homelessness.The seven projects were selected through a national HOPWA competition to identify Special Projects of National Significance that will help advance understanding and improve the delivery of housing and care for persons with HIV. HUD received 46 proposals under this competition. The projects will provide housing assistance to eligible persons in their communities during the next three years. Planning efforts will also concurrently examine new approaches for comprehensively integrating local services and in coordinating and streamlining where possible the delivery of those services in their community.

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is the nation’s housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development, and enforces the nation’s fair housing laws.

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