HUD awards $392,906 grant to Vermont HIV/AIDS housing program
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced that extremely low-income people in Vermont living with HIV/AIDS will continue to receive permanent housing as a result of a $392,906 grant HUD is awarding. Annually, this HUD funding will provide permanent supportive housing so they can manage their health and access needed supportive services such as case management and employment training.
The funding announced today is offered through HUD’s Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program (HOPWA) and will renew HUD’s support of the Burlington Housing Authority (see below project description).
“These grants offer housing, vital healthcare and hope to Vermont households that combine to literally save lives,” said HUD New England Regional Administrator Barbara Fields. “Having stable housing can make all the difference to the health of someone living with HIV/AIDS who might otherwise be struggling to live on our streets.”
The Burlington Housing Authority is awarded a HOPWA permanent supportive housing renewal grant of $392,906 to continue providing 11 leased units of supportive housing for Vermont’s only residential facility for persons living with HIV/AIDS. The program includes a collaborative partnership with the Burlington Community Land Trust, Vermont CARES (Committee on AIDS Resources) and Education Services. A combination of supportive services provided through mainstream community resources will compliment the housing support through access to HIV/AIDS case management, medical care, substance abuse counseling, and employment referral.
Many of the projects receiving renewed funding provide for specialized models in outreach and service delivery, including efforts that target help to persons who have been homeless or at extreme risk of becoming homelessness. These grants offer innovations in HIV care to increase job readiness and employment opportunities for persons in stabilized care. The grants announced today also support the Opening Doors, the Obama Administration’s new strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness.
In addressing goals under these strategies, HUD will contribute a variety of housing resources to promote better integration of housing interventions into comprehensive HIV care systems. Housing assistance and related services funded by HOPWA are an essential part of the comprehensive system of care for low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS. A stable home environment is also vital for these households in allowing them to access consistent medical care and maintain their health. Furthermore, secure housing can be a platform for improved quality of life.
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 135 local and state jurisdictions, which coordinate AIDS housing efforts with other HUD and community resources. Earlier this year, HUD awarded these jurisdictions nearly $300 million in formula grants. This year, HUD had made available a total of $332 million in HOPWA funds to help communities provide housing for this special needs population. Overall, these resources assist over 60,000 households annually to provide stable housing and reduced risks of homelessness for those living with HIV and other challenges.
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 125 local and state jurisdictions, which coordinate AIDS housing efforts with other HUD and community resources. This year HUD is making available $332 million in HOPWA funds to help communities provide housing for this special needs population. Overall, these resources assist over 60,000 households annually to promote stable housing and reduced risks of homelessness for those living with HIV and other challenges.