Gov’t Spending $32M on Housing for 1,300 AIDS Patients: Average $24,874 Each
“Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced $32 million in grant awards to assist more than 1,300 extremely low-income persons and families living with HIV/AIDS annually,” HUD said in a press release on Thursday.
A total of $32,336,685 will go to housing and rental assistance programs in 20 states. On average, the 1,300 persons and families will receive $24,874.37 each.
“The grant awards will provide these households with a stable living environment, which is essential to accessing healthcare and HIV related services,” HUD said. “In addition to housing assistance these grant programs will provide access to the needed supportive services in assisting beneficiary’s with a path to self-sufficiently such as life skills, job readiness services and employment training.”
The funding will be distributed through HUD’s Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program (HOPWA).
“These grants will provide our local partners with crucial funding that is necessary to provide individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS a place to call home,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.
“The comfort of knowing that you have a roof over your head makes a huge difference in the well-being of families and gives hope to those who might otherwise end up living on the streets,” he said.
The top grants are going to Key West and San Francisco. The city of Key West, Florida will receive $1,464,404 for its program that provides three housing units and rental assistance to 42 households for low-income people with HIV. The program also provides nutritional and mental health services.
San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing is getting $1,461,622 for short-term rental assistance to 105 “rent burdened households.”
Many of the programs target persons with HIV/AIDS who are at a high risk of becoming homeless. HUD said this initiative aligns with President Barack Obama’s “Opening Doors” strategic plan that “identifies housing as a key component to preventing the spread of HIV.”