|HUD Region V No. 11-35
Laura J. Feldman
April 26, 2011
HUD AWARDS MORE THAN $1.3 MILLION TO HIV-AIDS HOUSING PROGRAM IN CHICAGO
Funding supports stable housing for individuals and families at extreme risk for homelessness
CHICAGO - Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded more than $1.3 million to an HIV-AIDS housing program in Chicago. This supportive housing grant will offer critically needed housing and support services to extremely low-income persons living with HIV/AIDs. During each of the next three years, this HUD funding will help provide permanent supportive housing to help individuals manage their illness while receiving critically needed support services.
The funding announced today is offered through HUD's Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program (HOPWA) and will renew HUD's support of this previously funded project in Chicago (see attached project descriptions below).
"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."
"Having access to affordable housing removes the paralyzing worry about homelessness and enables those Chicagoans confronting this disease to concentrate on their health," said Antonio R. Riley, HUD's Midwest Regional Administrator.
|Aids Foundation of Chicago||Chicago||$1,384,993|
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, 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.
HOPWA FY2011 Permanent Supportive Housing Renewal Grant Summaries
The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is awarded a HOPWA permanent supportive housing renewal grant of $1,384,993 to continue providing supportive housing to persons living with HIV/AIDS in Chicago. AFC is the lead agency for the Chicago Housing and Health Partnership (CHHP), a program designed to improve the health outcomes of those living with HIV/AIDS through the effective coordination of citywide health care with the delivery of housing assistance. Annually, AFC will provide tenant-based rental assistance to 21 households and the operating costs for twelve leased units. The program will support project-dedicated case managers at each housing agency with the goal of providing intensive, highly individualized case management that will link an anticipated 33 households with a comprehensive array of supportive services. This collaboration includes the following organizations: Housing Opportunities for Women, Vital Bridges, Christian Community Health Center, and Heartland Human Care Services.
For more information contact:
Ms. Angelique Miller, Director of Housing Partnerships
AIDS Foundation of Chicago
411 South Wells Street, Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: (312) 922-2322
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