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HUD Awards $23 Million to Renew Support to 22 Local HIV-AIDS Housing Programs

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on August 29 announced $23 million to assist more than 1,700 low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families annually over a three-year period. The funding announced today is offered through HUD’s Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program (HOPWA)  and will renew HUD’s support of 22 local programs. These grants provide a combination of housing assistance and supportive services for this vulnerable population.

“We recognize the profound effect stable housing can have on a person trying to manage their health,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “Working closely with our partners on the ground, these grants will provide critically needed housing and care for low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS.”

Research shows that a stable home is critical to the well-being of persons living with HIV/AIDS, and results in better health outcomes and reduced transmission of the disease. In addition to housing assistance, these local programs will provide access to supportive services such as case management, mental health services, substance abuse services, and employment training. The combination of housing assistance and supportive services are critical in sustaining housing stability, promoting better health outcomes, and increasing quality of life, which promotes self-sufficiency efforts for those able to transition to the private housing market…

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