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HUD No. 04-26-2011
Joseph J. Phillips
(678) 732-2943
For Release
April 26, 2011

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

JACKSON - Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $1,221,580 to one HOPWA grantee of HIV-AIDS housing programs in Mississippi. These supportive housing grants 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 so they can manage their illnesses while receiving critically needed support services.

The funding announced today is offered through HUD�s Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program
and will renew HUD�s support of these previously funded projects in Mississippi (see 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 Southeast Regional Administrator Ed Jennings, Jr. "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."




Grace House, Inc.





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


Grace House is awarded a HOPWA permanent supportive housing renewal grant of $1,221,580 to continue providing scattered-site tenant-based rental assistance and facility-based housing to chronically homeless individuals living HIV/AIDS within the Jackson metro area. Annually, the program will provide tenant-based rental assistance to 24 homeless individuals, in addition to the provision of coordinated linkages with related housing information and supportive services to 210 individuals. The program also includes 33 units of facility-based transitional and permanent housing through five sites with on-site supportive services such as individual and group counseling, rehabilitative services, and medical support.

For more information contact:
Ms. Ella Tardy, Executive Director
236 Millsaps Ave.
Jackson, MS 39202
Phone: (601) 353-1038

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