March 29, 2012
HUD AWARDS $790,298 TO LOCAL HIV/AIDS HOUSING PROGRAM IN DELAWARE
Funding supports stable housing for individuals and families at extreme risk for homelessness
WILMINGTON - Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that extremely low-income Delawareans living with HIV/AIDS will continue to receive permanent housing as a result of $790,298 in grants 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 Ministry of Caring, Inc.
"These grants offer housing, vital healthcare and hope to hundreds of households that combine to literally save lives," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. "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 Ministry of Caring, Inc., a community-based, non-profit organization in Wilmington, is awarded a HOPWA permanent supportive housing renewal grant of $790,298 to continue their House of Joseph II, a 16-unit housing facility which provides permanent supportive housing for homeless and chronically homeless persons in the advanced stages of AIDS. The project provides for access to available medical care, dental care, and other supportive services are primarily provided on-site along with other wrap-around services provided by community-based providers.
"The grant funding will be used to provide intensive case management and supportive services aimed at increasing self-sufficiency, and reducing hospitalizations," said HUD Regional Administrator Jane C.W. Vincent. "The Ministry of Caring Inc. is committed to helping some of our most vulnerable neighbors to improve their quality of life."
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.
HUD's mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and http://espanol.hud.gov. You can also follow HUD on twitter @HUDgov, on facebook at www.facebook.com/HUD, or sign up for news alerts on HUD's News Listserv.
||Ministry of Caring, Inc.
FY2012 HOPWA Permanent Supportive Housing Renewal Grants
The Ministry of Caring, Inc., a community-based, non-profit organization in Wilmington, is awarded a HOPWA permanent supportive housing renewal grant of $790,298 to continue their House of Joseph II, a 16-unit housing facility which provides permanent supportive housing for homeless and chronically homeless persons in the advanced stages of AIDS. The project provides for access to available medical care, dental care, and other supportive services are primarily provided on-site along with other wrap-around services provided by community-based providers. The intensive case management and wrap-around services are aimed at increasing self-sufficiency, reducing hospitalizations and contributing to the quality of care of each resident.
For information contact:
Mr. Mark Poletunow, Chief Financial Officer, 903 North Madison Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone: (302) 428-3702