|HOPWA and CoC 2011 #002-Colorado
May 2, 2011
HUD AWARDS MORE THAN $1.8 MILLION TO HELP VULNERABLE COLORADANS
MORE THAN $1.2 MILLION IN NEW GRANTS FOR THREE HOMELESS PROGRAMS IN COLORADO
$612,379 TO HIV-AIDS HOUSING PROGRAM IN DENVER
Funding supports stable housing for individuals and families at extreme risk for homelessness
DENVER - Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Regional Administrator Rick M. Garcia,
joined by Denver Mayor Guillermo (Bill) Vidal, announced TWO major funding announcements for Denver and Colorado.
On the steps of Dave's Place, a 14-unit residence for persons living with HIV-AIDs, Regional Administrator Garcia
said, "HUD is awarding $612,379 to a vital source---Del Norte Neighborhood Development Corporation---to provide critically needed housing and support services to extremely low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS."
"During each of the next three years, HUD funding will provide permanent support housing so the residents can manage their illnesses while receiving critically needed support services. Knowing that you have a place to call home can make all the difference to the well being of families living with HIV/AIDS," said Regional Administrator Garcia.
On behalf of HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, Regional Administrator Garcia added HUD's NEW funding to help end homelessness in Colorado with $1,231,709 awarded to three programs. The funding builds on the Administration's
goal to prevent and end homelessness in America, in Colorado and in Denver. Recipients are:
|Del Norte Neighborhood Development Corporation||$832,033|
|Grand Junction's Grand Valley Catholic Outreach, Inc||$251,061|
|Colorado Springs Homeward Pikes Peak||$148,615|
The grants to end homelessness announced today are in addition to $18,633,536 HUD awarded in January to renew funding to 84 existing Colorado homeless housing and service programs.
The $612,379 grant is offered through HUD's Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program (HOPWA) and will renew HUD's support of these previously funded projects in Colorado.
"These grants are a vital source of support to the local programs that are on the ground working to keep families healthy," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. "Knowing that you have a place to call home can make all the difference to the wellbeing of families living with HIV/AIDS, many of whom have been on the brink of homelessness."
"Del Norte has a proven track record of supporting individuals and families who suffer from HIV-AIDS," said HUD Regional Administrator Rick Garcia. "This award is a testament to their successful community work and provides housing for this very vulnerable population."
The HOPWA permanent supportive housing renewal grant of $612,379 will be used to continue operating Dave's Place project. This program supports 14 single-room occupancy (SRO) units of facility-based permanent housing in Denver. Del Norte will assist 18 households annually with permanent housing and supportive services. Program participants
are supported with an array of services including group and individual counseling, mental health and substance abuse treatment, transportation assistance, nutritional services support, HIV education, and other important services. Supportive services are delivered in collaboration with the Colorado AIDS project.
These projects have estimated that about 40 percent of the households to be assisted will involve persons who have been homeless. The grants announced today also support the Obama Administration's new strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness (http://www.usich.gov/PDF/OpeningDoors_2010_FSPPreventEndHomeless.pdf), an unprecedented initiative announced last June at the White House. In February 2011, HUD released its plan to guide the agency's actions under the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. As the nation's housing agency, HUD will contribute a variety of housing resources to promote better integration of housing interventions into comprehensive HIV care systems.
Housing assistance and related services funded by HOPWA are an essential part of the comprehensive system of
care for low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS. A stable home environment is also vital for these households in allowing them to access consistent medical care and maintain their health. Furthermore, secure housing can be a platform for improved quality of life.
Ninety percent of HOPWA funds are distributed by formula to cities and states based on the number of AIDS cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HUD's formula grants are managed by 124 local and state jurisdictions, which coordinate AIDS housing efforts with other HUD and community resources. HUD is making available a record $334 million in HOPWA funds this year to help communities provide housing for this special needs population. Overall, these resources assist 60,669 households annually to promote stable housing and reduced risks of homelessness for those living with HIV and other challenges.
Continuum of Care Funding:
HUD's award of new funding--$1,231,709--to three homeless programs in Colorado is an investment in local projects which have never received HUD homeless funds in the past, providing critically needed housing and support services to homeless individuals and families.
"Today, we build on this Administration's goal to prevent and end homelessness in America," said Donovan. "This funding will make a significant impact in the lives of thousands of people and provide resources to put them on the road of independence."
"These grant awards are a critical resource to individuals and families who are the most vulnerable in the mountain west," said HUD Regional Administrator Rick Garcia. "I am pleased that these organizations will be able to provide supportive services and housing to a population in most need of assistance."
HUD's Continuum of Care grants fund a wide range of transitional and permanent housing programs as well as supportive services such as job training, case management, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment
and child care. Street outreach and assessment programs to transitional and permanent housing for homeless
persons and families are also funded through these grants.
Continuum of Care programs include:
- Supportive Housing Program (SHP) offers housing and supportive services to allow homeless persons to live as independently as possible----The three Colorado grants were announced for Supportive Housing Program.
- Shelter Plus Care (S+C) provides housing and supportive services on a long-term basis for homeless persons
with disabilities, (primarily those with serious mental illness, chronic problems with alcohol and/or drugs, and
acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) or related diseases) and their families who were living in places
not intended for human habitation (e.g., streets) or in emergency shelters.
- Single-Room Occupancy Program (SRO) provides rental assistance for homeless persons in one-person
housing units that contain small kitchens, bathrooms, or both.
Last year, 19 federal agencies in the Obama Administration announced a plan to end all homelessness through, Opening Doors, an unprecedented federal strategy to end veteran and chronic homelessness by 2015, and to end homelessness among children, families, and youth by 2020. In addition to the Continuum of Care grant program,
HUD's new Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing (HPRP) Program made possible through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is making a major contribution to the Opening Doors strategy. To date,
HPRP has allocated $1.5 billion to prevent more than 875,000 people from falling into homelessness or to rapidly re-house them if they do.
HUD's homelessness grants are reducing long-term or chronic homelessness in America. Based on the Department's latest Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR), chronic homelessness has declined by 30 percent since 2006.
This decline is directly attributed to HUD's homeless grants helping to create significantly more permanent housing
for those who might otherwise be living on the streets. It was also reported in the AHAR that the number of
homeless families increased for the second consecutive year, almost certainly due to the ongoing effects of the recession.
Contact: Del Norte Development Corporation
Marvin Kelly, 2926 Zuni Street #202, Denver, CO 80211
Phone: (303) 477-4774