Having a place to call home is one of the most important and basic necessities in our lives. Having a safe and suitable place of your own becomes especially vital when dealing with an health challenge like HIV/AIDS. Housing serves as a bridge to access appropriate care and when needed, the supportive environment for managing complex drug therapies that help support a strong immune system. It’s certainly imperative that a person with HIV/AIDS have the opportunity to access care and decent housing. This is why the grants announced by Secretary Donovan last week help to offer a crucial lifeline to people living with HIV/AIDS.
Last week, Secretary Donovan announced that more than a thousand extremely low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS will continue to receive permanent housing. This impact on human health is a result of HUD resources, the use of $23 million in grants by our community partners. These resources come through HUD’s Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program and continue our support for 22 local programs in 18 states. These are also models of community efforts selected in HUD competitions in prior years—and we are continuing our investments in these special efforts. They are a part of the larger HOPWA program. This year, HUD is making available an estimated $334 million in HOPWA funds to help 124 cities and states provide housing for this special needs population.
Visit HUD’s website for a complete list of grants awarded.