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HUD No. 00-291
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FY 2000 HOPWA Awards by State
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WASHINGTON – U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo today awarded $23.6 million to programs in 17 states to provide housing and related support services to more than 2,700 low-income people with HIV/AIDS and their families.

The grants are part of HUD's Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) program, which is distributing about $232 million total in fiscal year 2000.

Ninety percent of the funds are distributed to cities and states by a formula based on the number of AIDS cases reported. HUD uses statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in allocating these funds.

The remaining 10 percent of HOPWA grants – the funds announced today – are awarded as competitive grants to test new ways of providing housing, health care and other support services to people with HIV/AIDS. Some 22 such grants were announced today for non-profit groups and state and local government agencies in Alaska, California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont and Wyoming.

"Finding a safe and affordable home is the single greatest barrier to proper health care for people with HIV or AIDS," Cuomo said. "At a time when our nation’s economy is soaring, we cannot turn our backs on our neighbors who live with these ailments. These grants are the federal government’s way of partnering with organizations whose selfless work provides hope on a daily basis to the people who need it most."

In addition to providing housing assistance, the HOPWA program also helps many communities establish strategic AIDS housing plans, better coordinate local and private efforts, fill gaps in local systems of care, and create new housing resources.

The HOPWA funds awarded today may be used for a wide array of housing, rental assistance, support service and program planning and development costs. Activities can include the acquisition, rehab or construction of community residences, rental assistance and short-term payments to prevent homelessness.

Cuomo requested that this year’s grants reach more of the under-served populations in the country. As a result, groups applying for the HOPWA funding were encouraged to target racial and ethnic minority populations, women, and people living in rural areas.

For example, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago will receive $1.3 million to develop scattered site apartments and provide an array of support services, such as HIV counseling, outreach, child care, substance abuse treatment and mental health services primarily to African-Americans in the Greater Roseland section of Chicago.

HUD received a total of 62 applications from groups in 28 states and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, requesting more than $68 million in federal assistance. Of those requests, the following is a breakdown of the HOPWA program grants awarded by state:

State & Name of Grantee Area to be Served Grant
AK State Of Alaska Anchorage and south and western regions $572,600
CA Salvation Army Los Angeles (City And County) $927,888
CA County Of Sacramento Sacramento (City And County) $1,300,142
CA San Francisco Redevelopment Agency San Francisco (City And County) $1,370,000
CO Colorado Division Of Housing State Of Colorado (Outside Of Denver) $1,370,000
GA City Of Savannah, Georgia Savannah, Chatham County, GA $1,197,572
HI Gregory House Programs Honolulu (City And County) $1,030,000
IL AIDS Foundation Of Chicago Greater Roseland, IL $1,362,846
KY Commonwealth Of Kentucky Commonwealth Of Kentucky $1,320,000
MA Cambridge Cares About AIDS Boston (Suburban Counties) $1,326,917
MD Health Care For The Homeless, Inc. Baltimore $1,301,703
ME The AIDS Project State Of Maine $1,333,286
MS South Mississippi AIDS Task Force Mississippi, Southern Gulf Coast Counties $935,500
NJ Catholic Community Services Jersey City, NJ metro area $1,191,285
NY Church Avenue Merchants Block Assoc. Brooklyn $1,080,000
NY Housing Works, Inc. New York City $703,177
NY The Fortune Society, Inc. New York City $1,274,875
NY The Center For Children & Families New York City $1,278,906
PA Family Health Council Of Central PA 14 counties in South and Central Pennsylvania $367,040
TX Bexar County Bexar County $1,320,000
VT Burlington Housing Authority Cittenden County $471,392
WY Wyoming Department Of Health State Of Wyoming $588,191

Complete project summaries of the grants are attached to this news release which is posted on the HUD website.



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