HUD Archives: News Releases


HUD No. 09-PH722
Larry Bush
(415) 489-6414
For Release
Wednesday
July 22, 2009

HUD AWARDS $1.3 MILLION IN HIV/AIDS HOUSING FUNDING IN HAWAII
Funding renews critical lifeline for persons and families at risk for homelessness

WASHINGTON - Extremely low-income families living with HIV/AIDS in Hawaii will receive support in maintaining a permanent affordable home as a result of $1,338,998 in a grant announced today by the U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Development. In each of the next three years, the grant isexpected to help households address the challenges of living with HIV by improving their ability to manage illnesses and consistently engage in appropriate care as a result of their on-going housing arrangements.

The funding announced today is offered through HUD's Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program
(HOPWA)
and will renew HUD's support of Gregory House Programs in Honolulu.

"These programs offer a lifeline to families struggling to find affordable and appropriate housing while trying to stay healthy," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. "A permanent home can often be the best medicine for these families who would otherwise be at extreme risk of homelessness."

Gregory House Programs, a non-profit community based organization, in Honolulu, is awarded a HOPWA
permanent supportive housing renewal grant of $1,338,998 to continue providing 46 units of tenant based rental assistance (TBRA) and housing placement services for multiple diagnosed persons living with HIV/AIDS. A
collaborative partnership with the Veterans Administration and local public housing agencies includes the provision
of supportive services that compliments the housing support by providing through access to substance abuse counseling, employment training and placement, budgeting, and strategies for accessing other basic mainstream resources.

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, allowing them to access this support and maintain such care in a consistent and effective manner.

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 record $310 million in HOPWA funds to help communities provide housing for this special needs population. These resources are expected to assist an estimated 58,000 households annually to promote stable housing arrangements and reduced risks of homelessness for persons living with HIV and other challenges.

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HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to sustaining homeownership; 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. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet and espanol.hud.gov.

 

 
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