HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 09-056
Brian Sullivan
(202) 708-0685
For Release
May 8, 2009

Funding renews critical lifeline for hundreds of persons at risk for homelessness

WASHINGTON - Seven local programs that offer critically needed housing and support services to extremely low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS are being awarded $8 million in grants announced today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. These grants will help hundreds of persons and their families struggling to find a stable home as they receive the services they need to manage their illnesses.

The funding announced today is offered through HUD's Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program (HOPWA) and will renew HUD's support of seven projects in Alabama, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York and Pennsylvania. Later this year, HUD will award an additional $22.6 million in renewal grants to other existing HIV/AIDS housing programs with expiring grants.

"These programs are on the front lines of saving lives and preventing homelessness," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. "We know that a stable home is so important to staying healthy for these individuals. By working closely with our local partners, we are offering real hope for those who might otherwise face a life on the streets."

HUD is awarding grants to the following local projects:

State Grantee Name City Grant Amount
Alabama AIDS Alabama, Inc. Birmingham $937,228
Hawaii Maui AIDS Foundation Wailuku $1,381,163
Maine Frannie Peabody Center Portland $1,053,524
Michigan City of Detroit, Health Department Detroit $1,348,680
New Hampshire City of Nashua, Div. of Public Health and Community Services Nashua $1,430,000
New York Bailey House, Inc. New York $1,043,465
Pennsylvania Calcutta House Philadelphia $819,748
Total $8,013,808

Housing assistance and related services funded by HOPWA 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, allowing them to access this support and maintain such care in a consistent and effective manner.

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 121 local and state jurisdictions, which coordinate AIDS housing efforts with other HUD and community resources. This year, HUD is making available a record $310 million in HOPWA funds to help communities provide housing for this special needs population. These resources are expected to assist an estimated 58,000 households annually to promote stable housing arrangements and reduced risks of homelessness for persons living with HIV and other challenges.


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