HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD Region VI-No 81
Patricia Campbell
(817) 978-5974
For Release
October 11, 2007

Funding to provide critical lifeline for those at risk for homelessness

FORT WORTH - More than 85 persons who are living with HIV/AIDS and who are at high risk for homelessness in
Santa Fe and New Mexico will find a stable home and receive the services they need because of $1,314,280 in
funding awarded today by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson. The $31 million in HUD Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program grants announced nationally today will help 31 programs in 21 states provide their clients with three years of permanent supportive housing.

HOPWA grants 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 and potential side effects from
their treatments.

"Having a stable home can make all the difference in staying healthy and living with this disease," said Jackson. "These grants will help provide more than just homes to thousands of families with HIV/AIDS who might otherwise
be facing homelessness."

The Santa Fe Community Housing Trust will use its HOPWA renewal grant to continue its Re-entry Housing and Homeownership Program. The effort provides tenant-based rental assistance for five households, home ownership support for seven households and supportive services to help stabilize 75 households in permanent housing
throughout New Mexico. The Santa Fe Community Housing Trust will continue to partner with local area social
service providers in proving supportive services. The contact is Executive Director Sharron Welsh at
(505) 989-3960. 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.

Nationally, HUD is providing $27.3 million to 27 existing projects and more than $4.8 million to support three new HIV/AIDS housing programs. These projects indicate they will assist approximately 2,200 households. Combined,
these HUD-supported programs will leverage an additional $41.8 million from other public and private sources to provide related services in assisting their clients, representing $1.28 for every HOPWA dollar awarded.


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