HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 10-137
Rhonda Siciliano
(617) 994-8355
For Release
June 29, 2010

Funding supports stable housing for individuals and families at extreme risk for homelessness

BOSTON - More than 62 extremely low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS will continue to receive permanent housing in the Greater Boston area as a result of $2.6 million in grants announced today by the U.S. Department
of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). During each of the next three years, this HUD funding will help provide permanent supportive housing for 62 households in the Greater Boston area so they can manage their illnesses
while receiving critically needed support services. Funding will also provide an additional 46 individuals in Essex
County with support services.

The funding announced today awarded Action, Inc. of Gloucester, Mass. with $1,292,869; and Justice Resource Institute, Inc. of Boston with $1,405,137, through HUD's Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program (HOPWA) ( (see below for individual project descriptions).

"These programs are a critical source of support to local programs on the front lines of helping families stay
healthy," said HUD New England Regional Administrator Richard A. Walega. "A stable home can make all the
difference to the wellbeing of these families, many of whom have been homeless or at extreme risk of

These projects have estimated that about 40% 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 week at the White House.

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 123 local and
state jurisdictions, which coordinate AIDS housing efforts with other HUD and community resources. Up eight
percent from last year, HUD is making available a record $335 million in HOPWA funds this year to help communities provide housing for this special needs population. Overall, these resources assist 58,367 households annually to promote stable housing and reduced risks of homelessness for those living with HIV and other challenges.


HUD's mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet and

HOPWA 2010 Permanent Supportive Housing Renewal Grants

Massachusetts Action, Inc. Gloucester $1,292,869
Justice Resource Institute, Inc. Boston $1,405,137
TOTAL   $2,698,006

HOPWA FY2010 Permanent Supportive Housing Renewal Grant Summaries


Action, Inc. is awarded a HOPWA permanent supportive housing renewal grant of $1,292,869 to continue providing
26 households with Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) and 46 individuals with supportive services in Essex County. The project serves a particularly challenging population of post-incarcerated substance abusers with who have experienced long periods of homelessness. The program leverages nearly $2 million in resources and services
to provide comprehensive supportive services, including residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment,
mental health services, job training and placement, literacy training and medical care.  

For more information contact:
Mr. Timothy L. Riley
Executive Director
Phone: (978) 282-1000, ext. 100

Justice Resource Institute, Inc. (JRI) is awarded a HOPWA permanent supportive housing renewal grant of $1,405,137 to continue providing 36 households with Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) and supportive
services in communities throughout Plymouth, Bristol, and Northern Essex counties. JRI will continue its collaborative partnership with its project sponsors, North Shore Community Action Program, Seven Hills Behavioral Health, Community Teamwork Inc., and South Shore Housing Development Corporation, and with the Regional Housing Authorities. In addition to helping clients find and maintain housing, JRI’s case managers strive to help clients
become self-sufficient by helping them access income supports and other mainstream benefits, vocational and educational services, and budgeting/financial management training.

For more information contact:
Mr. Andrew Pond
Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (617) 450-0500


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