With a $1,473,017 grant from HUD, the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB) will continue the statewide HIV/AIDS housing and supportive services program, HOPWA (Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS). VHCB provides HOPWA funding to Vermont's regional AIDS service organizations, collaborating with the Vermont Committee for AIDS Resources, Education and Service (VT Cares), the AIDS Project of Southern Vermont, the Vermont State Housing Authority, and the HIV/HCV Resource Center to integrate housing, health care, and supportive services for Vermonters living with HIV/AIDs.
Willa Davidian, VHCB Federal Housing Programs Director, said, "We are very pleased to receive a 3-year renewal grant for this important program through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. These funds will provide 30 individuals annually with tenant-based rental assistance and 107 households with short-term rent, mortgage, and utility assistance. Additionally, 265 individuals will receive supportive services annually."
"These grants will give our local partners a vital resource to keep low-income individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS healthy," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. "Having a place to call home can make all the difference to someone who might otherwise be homeless or on the brink of homelessness."
Links to websites of Vermont organizations serving individuals living with HIV/AIDS:
Source: VHCB May 9, 2014