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HUD No. 5-30-13
Joseph Phillips
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Thursday
May 30, 2013

HUD AWARDS NEARLY $1 MILLION TO GEORGIA HIV-AIDS HOUSING PROGRAMS
Funding supports stable housing for individuals and families at extreme risk for homelessness

ATLANTA, GA - Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced $992,471 in grant awards to assist extremely low-income persons and families living with HIV/AIDS in Georgia. The grant awards will provide these households with a stable living environment, which is essential to accessing healthcare and HIV related services. In addition to these grant programs will provide access to the needed supportive services in assisting beneficiaries with a path to self-sufficiency such as life skills, job readiness services 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 30 local programs in 20 states. HUD grants will renew support to the following programs in Georgia:

State Grantee Name City
Grant Award
Georgia City of Savannah, (Project House Call) Savannah
$703,089
  City of Savannah, (Daniel-Flagg Villas) Savannah
$289,382

"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 Secretary Shaun Donovan.  "The comfort of knowing that you have a roof over your head makes a huge difference in the wellbeing of families and gives hope to those who might otherwise end up living on the streets."

"The grants offer housing, vital healthcare and hope to individuals and families that literally save lives," said Edward Jennings, Jr HUD Southeast Regional Administrator. "This crucial funding is fundamental to providing a stable living environment to access healthcare and HIV related services."

Georgia
City of Savannah, Project House Call, is awarded a HOPWA permanent supportive housing renewal grant of $703,089 to continue providing 10 units of facility-based housing for chronically homeless persons in addition to homeless prevention activities through the use of Short-term Rent Mortgage and Utility assistance to 30 households annually. The program also provides on-site substance abuse counseling and healthcare follow up to 100 households annually. The project is a partnership with The Coastal Health Clinic and Union Mission, Inc. For more information contact: Dr. Victoria Green, Senior Program Analyst, City of Savannah, P.O. Box 1027, Savannah, GA  31402. Phone:  (912) 651-6521, and Email: Victoria_Green@SavannahGa.gov.

City of Savannah, Community Planning and Development Office, (Daniel-Flag Villas), is awarded a HOPWA permanent supportive housing renewal grant of $289,382 to continue providing 10 units of facility-based housing for chronically homeless persons in Savannah and Chatham County through their Daniel-Flagg Villas project. The program also provides on-site substance abuse counseling and housing referral services for 60 households annually. The project is a partnership with the Chatham County Health Department and Union Mission, Inc. For more information contact: Dr. Victoria Green, Senior Program Analyst, City of Savannah, P.O. Box 1027, Savannah, GA  31402.  Phone: (912) 651-6521, and Email: Victoria_Green@SavannahGa.gov.

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 are at extreme risk of becoming homeless. The awarded programs are designed to increase coordination with the homeless assistance grant programs as well as other federal resources provided at the local level. 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 Obama Administration's Opening Doors, strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness, and National HIV AIDS Strategy, that identifies Housing as a key component to preventing the spread of HIV.

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 138 local and state jurisdictions, which coordinate AIDS housing efforts with other HUD and community resources. 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.

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