|HUD No. 12-19
May 1, 2012
HUD AWARDS OVER $1 MILLION TO BAILEY HOUSE TO COMBAT HIV/AIDS
Funding supports stable housing for individuals and families at extreme risk for homelessness
NEW YORK - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded Bailey House, Inc. $1,081,922 to continue its supportive services and permanent housing to extremely low-income New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS. The announcement was made at its lower Manhattan facility and included Vincent Hom, HUD Regional Director of Community, Planning and Development; Gina Quattrochi, Bailey House CEO; and numerous elected officials. Bailey House has received $4 million in HUD funding since 1993.
"This grant offers housing, vital healthcare and hope to these Bailey household residents that combine to literally save lives," said Hom. "Having stable housing can make all the difference to the health of someone living with HIV/AIDS who might otherwise be struggling to live on our streets."
In 1986, Bailey-Holt House was the nation's first congregate residence to open for people living with AIDS. It provided tangible proof that stable housing helps people living with AIDS survive. As treatments evolved and the perception of AIDS changed from a death sentence to a serious, but manageable chronic illness it continued to add new programs and innovate new models of housing.
"There is nothing more critical to an HIV+ person returning from prison than finding stable housing and access to healthcare. We are excited to partner with HUD to maintain and grow this important program," said Quattrochi.
The funding announced today is offered through HUD's Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program (HOPWA). Bailey House will use its supportive housing renewal grant to continue its "Project First" program for recently released/post incarcerated persons living with HIV/AIDS. The program provides tenant based rental assistance for 27 households and short-term rent, mortgage, and utility assistance for up to five households annually. In addition, the program includes four units of transitional housing. A variety of supportive services enables clients to enhance their work skills in order to sustain their housing stability and promote greater financial independence.
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 135 local and state jurisdictions, which coordinate AIDS housing efforts with other HUD and community resources. Earlier this year, HUD awarded these jurisdictions nearly $300 million in formula grants. This year, HUD had made available a total of $332 million in HOPWA funds to help communities provide housing for this special needs population. Overall, these resources assist over 60,000 households annually to provide stable housing and reduced risks of homelessness for those living with HIV and other challenges.
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