Effingham, Il (Via Washington, D.C.) – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced $4.1 million to assist low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families in Illinois.
The funding announced today is offered through HUD’s Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program (HOPWA) and will provide a combination of housing assistance and supportive services for this vulnerable population.
HUD is renewing funding to the follow local programs across the State of Illinois:
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“We know there’s a strong connection between health and stable housing.
Having a place to call home can make a world of difference to someone who is trying to not only manage their health but also to avoid experiencing homelessness,” said Secretary Ben Carson.
“These grants will assist our partners on the ground who provide housing and care for low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS.”
“This new funding in Illinois will ensure an improved quality of life for HUD assisted residents to focus on staying healthy in a stable home environment,” said HUD Midwest Regional Administrator Joseph P. Galvan.
- AIDS Foundation of Chicago- Chicago Housing for Health Partnership, isawarded a HOPWA permanent supportive housing renewal grant in the amount of $1,382,574 to continue providing supportive housing to persons living with HIV/AIDS in Chicago. Tenant-based rental assistance will be provided to 99 households over the next annual cycle. The program will support project-dedicated case managers at each housing agency with the goal of providing intensive, highly individualized case management that will link an anticipated 66 households with a comprehensive array of supportive services and 3 households annually with permanent housing placement. This will be implemented in collaboration with Housing Opportunities for Women, Christian Community Health Center, Heartland Human Care Services and the Center for Housing and Health.
- AIDS Foundation of Chicago- Re-entry Housing for Health Partnership, is awarded a HOPWA permanent supportive housing renewal grant in the amount of $1,423,648 to continue providing scattered-site tenant-based rental assistance to 38 post incarcerated individuals annually in collaboration with Christian Community Health Center, The Boulevard of Chicago and the Center for Housing and Health.
- University of Illinois, College of Medicine, isawarded a HOPWA permanent supportive housing renewal grant of $1,252,469 to continue providing 55 households with tenant-based rental assistance and supportive services and 75 households with permanent housing placement services (PHP) for persons living with HIV/AIDS. This project provides services across 15 counties targeting households with Ryan White benefits with a housing need.
Research shows that a stable home is critical to the well-being of persons living with HIV/AIDS, and results in better health and reduced transmission of the disease.
In addition to housing assistance, these local programs will provide access to supportive services such as case management, mental health services, substance abuse services, and employment training.
The combination of housing assistance and supportive services are critical in sustaining housing stability, promoting better health outcomes, and increasing quality of life, which promotes self-sufficiency efforts for those able to transition to the private housing market.
Since 1992, HUD’s HOPWA Program, managed by the Office of HIV/AIDS Housing, has provided national leadership and resources that support the development and operation of high-quality supportive housing programs.
Under the HOPWA Program, HUD makes grants to cities, states, and nonprofit organizations to provide housing assistance and supportive services to low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families.
By providing assistance with housing and related services, the HOPWA program helps persons living with HIV/AIDS enter into housing, access and remain in medical care, and adhere to complex treatment regimens.
More information on the HOPWA program is available at https://www.hudexchange.info/p