HUD Region VI: 12-56
Patricia Campbell/Scott Hudman
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March 29, 2012
HUD AWARDS CITY OF DALLAS ALMOST $750,000 FOR HIV/AIDS HOUSING PROGRAM
Funding supports stable housing for individuals at extreme risk for homelessness
FORT WORTH - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that extremely low-income Dallas residents living with HIV/AIDS will continue to receive permanent housing as a result of a $746,853 grant HUD is awarding. Annually, this funding will provide permanent housing so that participants can manage their health and access needed supportive services such as case management and employment training.
The funding announced today is offered through HUD's Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program (HOPWA) and will renew HUD's support of the City of Dallas and there effort to provide housing. (See the project description at the end of the release).
"These grants offer housing, vital healthcare and hope to hundreds of households that combine to literally save lives," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. "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."
Nationally, many of the projects receiving renewed funding provide for specialized models in outreach and service delivery, including efforts that target help to persons who have been homeless or at extreme risk of becoming homelessness. These grants offer innovations in HIV care to increase job readiness and employment opportunities for persons in stabilized care. The grants announced today also support the Opening Doors, the Obama Administration's new strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness.
In addressing goals under these strategies, 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 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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The City of Dallas, Housing and Community Services Department is awarded a HOPWA permanent supportive housing renewal grant of $746,853 to continue providing tenant-based rental assistance to 29 post-incarcerated persons living with HIV/AIDS in the greater Dallas area. The City's "Project Reconnect Housing" collaborates with non-profit organizations in the greater Dallas area to address re-entry challenges through ongoing permanent housing assistance coupled with intensive HIV/AIDS case management to ensure that persons placed into housing are connected to care and stable housing outcomes. The City of Dallas is also a participant in two signature HOPWA initiatives: "Getting to Work" and the Integrated HIV/AIDS Housing Plan pilot.
For information contact:
Ms. Lori Davidson, Coordinator III-Contracts & Grants, 1500 Marilla 6BN, Dallas, TX 75201
Phone: (214) 670-5560