HOMELESS LIVING WITH AIDS/HIV
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Henry Cisneros today announced
over $7 million in grants for community-based programs to address the special housing and
service needs of homeless persons living with HIV/AIDS who are also experiencing mental
illness or substance abuse problems.
GET HOUSING RELIEF FROM HUD/HHS
The HUD grants are being awarded in collaboration with the Department of Health
and Human Services (HHS). This collaboration seeks to bring greater coordination to federal
homeless funding and integrate the delivery of housing and supportive services. Baltimore
and San Francisco will receive grants from both the HHS Ryan White program and HUD's
Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) program
HHS expects to contribute approximately $4.2 million over the next five years.
HUD's contribution will fund these two projects and six others over the next three years.
In announcing the awards, Cisneros said: "Clearly it is a significant challenge to
escape homelessness, but if you are homeless with a severe disability, the obstacles are
almost insurmountable. This collaboration will more efficiently use existing HUD and HHS
resources to assist some of this country's most vulnerable citizens."
"We have learned that to reach homeless persons with HIV and a multiplicity of other
problems, we must provide integrated services, housing and health care. These innovative
programs we are funding today will save lives and provide models for addressing this
difficult problem," said HHS Secretary Donna Shalala.
The HUD/HHS initiative is designed to address the needs of the most difficult to
reach homeless population: persons with multiple diagnoses.
In total HUD awarded eight grants under this initiative. The two grants being made
in conjunction with HHS are:
Lutheran Social Services of Northern California (San Francisco). This $1.2
million grant will support the "Bridge Project," a collaborative effort with Visiting Nurses
and Hospice, AIDS Benefits Counselors, Immune Enhancement Project, Family Services
Agency, Tenderloin AIDS Resource Center and the Tom Waddell Health Center. The project
will provide aggressive street outreach, supportive services, comprehensive housing and
primary health services to multiple-diagnosed homeless persons with HIV/AIDS in San
Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood.
City of Baltimore. This $1.2 million grant will support an HIV/AIDS Community
Resource Center and an HIV/AIDS Transitional Housing program for 225 persons with
HIV/AIDS who are homeless and diagnosed with chronic substance abuse and/or chronic
mental illness in Baltimore City and Baltimore County. Clients will benefit from the
coordinated provision of housing counseling, case management, day center activities, medical
and mental health care, and substance abuse treatment. The activities will be carried out in
coordination with eleven public and private agencies, including the Black Education AIDS
Project (BEAP), Chase-Brexton Health Services, Health Care for the Homeless (HCH), the
Health Education Resource Organization (HERO), the Housing Unlimited Group (HUG),
Project PLASE, and Maryland Department of Human Resources' Project Home AIDS
In addition to the joint initiative grants with HHS, HUD is funding six other
Housing Authority of Santa Cruz. This $750,000 grant will support a collaborative
effort by the Housing Authority and the Santa Cruz AIDS Project (SCAP) to provide short
term emergency funds, long term scattered site housing assistance and intensive supportive
services and treatment for 200 persons with HIV/AIDS who are homeless and having
difficulties with substance abuse or mental illness.
Housing and Services, Inc. (Miami/Dade County). With this grant for $1.09
million, Housing & Services, Inc. (HSI) will undertake the "Share Project," the first
coordinated assistance program for multiply-diagnosed homeless persons in Dade County,
Florida. An estimated 250 persons living with HIV/AIDS and their
families will benefit from supportive services and program development support designed to
increase their access to appropriate care, including treatment for chronic substance abuse
and/or serious mental illness.
United Bronx Parents, Inc. This $1.13 million grant will establish "Casita
Esperanza," a one-stop service center and low-demand emergency and transitional housing
program. The project will provide 12 emergency and 30 transitional beds to a total of 340
homeless single men and women with HIV/AIDS and chronic substance abuse problems who
are entering or recently discharged from inpatient detoxification services or are awaiting
residential treatment placements
Houston Regional HIV/AIDS Resource Group. This $1.2 million grant will support
the Houston Regional HIV/AIDS Resource Group and four sponsors: The University of
Texas Health Science Center at Houston - Houston Recovery Campus; Crisis Intervention of
Houston, Inc.; The Shoulder, Inc.; and Bering Community Service Foundation, in operating
the "MDI Housing Project." This collaboration will provide crisis housing, assistance in
obtaining permanent housing and new services to assist 500 persons who are homeless and
who are living with HIV/AIDS and co-occurring chronic substance abuse and/or mental
illness and 125 family members in the metropolitan Houston area.
Catholic Community Services (Jersey City, NJ). This $755,692 grant will fund
"Operation Link," a housing services program that will reach out and "link" services to the
"hardest to reach" homeless clients: those with HIV/AIDS and a severe mental illness and/or
an addiction to alcohol and other drugs. The program will be operated by a team of social
service providers including Let's Celebrate and Jersey City Medical Center's Medical and
Social Services for the Homeless (MASSH) as well as Catholic Community Services. This
project will support leasing, operating and rehabilitation costs for a drop-in center and
transitional and permanent housing facilities and related supportive services. Operation
Link's goal is to demonstrate that the traditionally underserved population can be effectively
linked to a broad continuum of housing services designed to meet their special needs.
Bernal Heights Housing Corporation (San Francisco). Through a collaboration by
the Bernal Heights Housing Corporation, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of San
Francisco, Legal Services for Children, and the Edgewood Family Center, the Housing and
Outreach Transitional Strategies Collaborative (HOTS) will be formed to assist homeless
families with dependent children who are living with HIV/AIDS and also impacted directly
by substance abuse and/or mental illness. The $845,541 grant will be used to link existing
AIDS housing and service providers with low-income family and homeless service providers.
The project intends to aid 45 families - or approximately 95 adults and 120 children. The
project will assume a child-centered approach which focuses on the needs of the entire family
prior to and after the death of a family member. The development of a long-term plan for
the placement of the child after the death of a guardian will begin in advance of the crisis.
An aftercare program for children and guardians will also be present to address many of
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