HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 05-163
Brian Sullivan
(202) 708-0685
For Release
November 30, 2005

Tampa program awarded $1.3 million´┐Żamong 16 model programs nationwide

TAMPA, FL - Hundreds of persons with HIV/AIDS who are either homeless or at extreme risk of living on the streets will find a new home because of $18.7 million in funding awarded today by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson made the announcement today in Tampa, Florida on the eve of
World AIDS Day and said Gulf Coast Family Jewish Services of Tampa will receive more than $1.3 million to help families to find the housing and services they need to stay healthy.

The funding announced today is part of HUD's Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program.
Housing assistance and related services funded by HOPWA are a vital part of the comprehensive system of care for those living with HIV/AIDS. A stable home environment is critical for low-income persons managing complex drug therapies and potential side effects from their treatments. In August, HUD awarded an additional $18.8 million to
help 19 local projects find permanent housing solutions for those living with HIV/AIDS.

"In keeping with the theme of this year's World AIDS Day, HUD is 'Keeping the Promise' to work with exceptional
local programs like Gulf Coast Family Jewish Services that serve the most vulnerable among us," said Jackson.
"These local projects provide real housing solutions for those who might otherwise be calling the streets their home."

Senator Mel Martinez, who joined Jackson in making today's announcement, said, "We are facing a housing crisis in Florida. Direct funding programs are a critical component in creating quality, affordable housing for people who need
it most. As former secretary of HUD, I know firsthand the benefits of public/private partnerships. Teaming public/private dollars leverages scarce resources; it creates a better environment for progress by vesting a local interest in a federal program so that we are not only creating homes - we are building communities."

HUD is awarding $1,339,000 to the Gulf Coast Family Jewish Services, Inc., in the Tampa Area. Gulf Coast is a nonprofit organization that will offer tenant-based rental housing assistance in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, and Hernando counties. The project will specifically target ex-offenders, chronically homeless individuals and those who are at imminent risk of homelessness who are living with HIV/AIDS.

This is a coordinated effort through the Tampa Bay AIDS Network to provide tenant based rental assistance to 75 households that will result in permanent housing while providing these clients with greater access to primary care, case management, and other supportive services designed to help them stabilize their independence in the community. In addition, the program will assist 25 households with short-term mortgage, rent, and utility assistance.

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 121 local and
state jurisdictions, which coordinate AIDS housing efforts with other HUD and community resources. This year, HUD
is making available a total of $282 million in HOPWA funds to help communities provide housing for this special needs population.

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 as
well as enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet and


The following local projects are being funded through HUD's HOPWA Program:

State Community Recipient Grant Amount
California Los Angeles The Salvation Army, A California Corp. $281,326
  Modesto Stanislaus Community Assistance Project 1,244,488
  Oakland East Oakland Community Project 1,287,500
Colorado Denver Colorado Health Network 730,643
Delaware Wilmington Connections Community Support Programs, Inc. 1,339,000
Florida Tampa Gulf Coast Jewish Services, Inc 1,339,000
Illinois Joliet Cornerstone Services 1,192,264
Kentucky Rural Kentucky Kentucky Housing Corporation 1,027,915
Maryland Baltimore City of Baltimore Heath Department 1,300,974
  Baltimore AIDS Interfaith Residential Services, Inc. 1,018,355
Montana Statewide MT, ND & SD State of Montana, Dept. of Public Health and Human Services 1,429,307
North Carolina Charlotte Regional HIV/AIDS Consortium 1,190,276
New Hampshire Nashua City of Nashua, Div. Of Public Health and Community Services 1,360,232
New York New York City United Bronx Parents, Inc. 1,338,999
Texas San Antonio Alamo Area Resource Center 1,209,281
West Virginia Statewide State of West Virginia, Office of Economic Opportunities 1,430,000
Total $18,719,560


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