HUD No. KY08-007
Atlanta Regional Director
(404) 331-5001 ext. 2008
August 21, 2008
HUD SECRETARY ANNOUNCES $1.4 MILLION TO LEXINGTON-FAYETTE URBAN COUNTY GOVERNMENT FOR AIDS VOLUNTEER, INC.
Funding to renew critical lifeline for over one hundred persons at risk for homelessness
LOUISVILLE - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Steve Preston recently announced Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Division of Community Development, will receive a HOPWA renewal grant of $1,430,000 to continue the AIDS Volunteers, Inc. (AVOL) AIDS housing program.
The grant announced is part of $19.4 million HUD is awarding to 18 local programs nationwide through the Department's Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program (HOPWA).
"This grant is quite literally a lifeline for those struggling to find a decent home while trying to manage complex drug therapies," said Preston. "Working closely with our local partners, we can offer these families the support they need
to concentrate on staying healthy instead of worrying how they'll pay next month's rent."
The AVOL AIDS housing program provides permanent and transitional housing services, as well as case management, for persons living with HIV/AIDS in Central and Eastern Kentucky. Activities are based at two housing facilities, Rainbow Apartments, a four apartment transitional housing facility, and Solomon House, a 30 person community residence for individuals who require more care to meet their medical needs. The program will annually serve 30 persons with HIV/AIDS through its housing facilities and supportive services, and an additional 125 individuals
through housing information services.
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. For a summary of the local programs receiving HOPWA grants, visit HUD's website.
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 $300 million in HOPWA funds to help communities provide housing for this special needs population. These resources are expected to assist an estimated 67,000 households annually.
For further information contact: Deborah Knight, HUD Louisville Office Public Affairs Coordinator, at (502) 618-8129.
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 and enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the
Internet and espanol.hud.gov.