May 27, 2015

How HOPWA Grantees Help Communities

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Photo: Torres-Ortez Family

On Tuesday, HUD announced $29 million in grants to help approximately 1,200 extremely low-income persons and families living with HIV/AIDS through the Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) program.  The Salvation Army Alegria in Los Angeles, California was one of the 25 grantees receiving a renewal grant to continue their permanent supportive housing program. 

HOPWA Grantee – Salvation Army Alegria, Los Angeles, California

The Salvation Army Alegria has a unique facility that provides residential care and permanent housing for families with at least one family member living with HIV.  Their services include much more than housing.  With the support of HOPWA funding, Alegria provides comprehensive case management, mental health counseling, nutritious meals, life skills training, day care/afterschool care, and other services that support families to maintain healthy, stable, and self-sufficient lives.  The management staff in residential care meets regularly with the residents to review and revise individual service plans that help residents work towards maintaining a stable housing situation. Continue reading

Strong Cities, Strong Communites Fellows And Their Contributions To The Program’s Success

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Redeveloping urban areas is a task that cannot be tackled alone. To succeed, you need the cooperation and partnership of local governments, the business community and philanthropy among others. In 2012, the White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities partnered with the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) to manage the Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) Fellowship Program, providing opportunities for young and mid-career professionals to examine critical policy issues and challenges common to metropolitan regions.  The SC2 Fellowship Program served as a strong example of the importance of place-based fellowship to build local capacity for change. Continue reading

May 18, 2015

Ending Veteran Homelessness in 2015: How You Can Take Action

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Photo: 2015 Point-in-Time Count

One of HUD’s highest priorities is to prevent and end homelessness among America’s estimated 50,000 homeless veterans.

The goal is ambitious, but HUD, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and faith-based, federal, state, local, private, and philanthropic partners are working diligently to meet it by the end of 2015. Indeed, the population of homeless veterans has declined 33 percent since 2010—including a 43 percent decrease in the number of unsheltered veterans.  And chronic homelessness overall has dropped 21 percent in the same period. In addition, several U.S. cities have reached important milestones in ending veteran homelessness: Continue reading

May 12, 2015

Measuring Progress in the Housing Market

Photo: Construction workers build a new home.

We measure the health of our nation’s housing market through several important tools. A particularly powerful one is HUD’s monthly Housing Scorecard. The Scorecard gives us a closer look at how well our policies and programs are serving American families. As we look back on March, we witnessed progress among key indicators, including growing strength in existing home sales and stabilizing home prices. Continue reading