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HUD 07-07
Bob Young
(404) 331-5001 ext. 2008
For Release
October 10, 2007

Funding to provide critical lifeline for thousands at risk for homelessness South Florida awarded $2.7 million

MIAMI - More than 2,200 persons who are living with HIV/AIDS and at high risk for homelessness will find a stable home and receive the services they need because of $32.1 million in funding awarded today by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson. HUD grants will help 31 programs in 21 states to provide their clients with three years of permanent supportive housing. In Florida, Key West and Broward projects received $2,763,500.

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.

"Having a stable home can make all the difference in staying healthy and living with this disease," said Jackson. "These grants will help provide more than just homes to thousands of families with HIV/AIDS who might otherwise
be facing homelessness."

In 2008, President Bush is seeking a record $300 million for HUD's HOPWA program, an increase of $14 million over current funding levels. These resources are expected to assist an estimated 70,500 households annually.

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 120 local and
state jurisdictions, which coordinate AIDS housing efforts with other HUD and community resources. This year, HUD
is making available a total of $286.1 million in HOPWA funds to help communities provide housing for this special
needs population.

HUD is providing $27.3 million to 27 existing projects and more than $4.8 million to support four new HIV/AIDS
housing programs. These projects indicate they will assist approximately 2,200 households. Combined, these HUD-supported programs will leverage an additional $41.8 million from other public and private sources to provide related services in assisting their clients, representing $1.28 for every HOPWA dollar awarded.


The following local projects are being funded through HUD's HOPWA Program. For a complete project summary of
the funding announced today, visit HUD's website.

City of Key West
Key West
Broward House, Inc.*
Fort Lauderdale

* New Project



Broward House, Inc., Recently Incarcerated Substance Abuse Housing (RISAH) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida is
awarded a new HOPWA Special Project of National Significance grant of $1,339,000. RISAH will provide nine units of double occupancy transitional housing and substance abuse treatment to 36 post incarcerated individuals annually. The six month transitional housing and intensive supportive services intervention with outplacement to permanent housing will build on an existing five year SAMHSA reentry program. Broward House, Inc. will partner with the Florida Department of Children and Families and other local organizations in providing services that will successfully reintegrate post incarcerated individuals into mainstream society. The RISAH project will make use of the newly awarded funds in combination with SAMHSA; Ryan White CARE Act and other HOPWA formula funds to achieve this reintegration effort. For more information contact:

Stacy Bennett, Director of Behavioral Health
719 SW 4th Court
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
(954) 522-4749 x 1234

The City of Key West is awarded a HOPWA renewal grant of $1,424,500 to continue a HIV related rental assistance program providing a continuum of support for 70 households residing in the Florida Keys. The program provides five units of facility based housing along with tenant based rental assistance to assist clients, including specialize
support for reentry for formerly incarcerated persons in Monroe County. The program is collaboration with AIDS Help Inc. For information contact:

Lee-Ann Broadbent, Program Administrator
or Julio Avael, City Manager
City of Key West Community Development Office
1403 12th Street
Key West, FL 33040
(305) 292-1221
Email: or

Media requesting more information please contact HUD - Gloria Shanahan at (305) 536-5678 x 2254


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