HUD Grants $6 Million in HOPWA FundsHousing and Urban Development Secretary Mel Martinez on Monday awarded $6 million in grants to provide housing assistance for people affected by HIV/AIDS. The grants are part of HUD's Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS program and will help provide housing, services and technical assistance for people and families living with HIV/AIDS. The grants will primarily go toward new programs in rural areas that currently do not qualify for federal block grants. "These grants will help provide a stable home environment that is critical to the system of care for those living with HIV/AIDS," Martinez said. Grant recipients include:
- Iowa Finance Authority: Will use funds to create the AIDS Housing Network of Iowa;
- Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services: The department will join with North Dakota and South Dakota to create the TRI-STATE HELP (Housing Environments for Living Positively) program;
- Oregon Health Division: The OHD will create the Oregon Housing Opportunities in Partnership program;
- AIDS Housing of Washington, Inc.: The organization will provide housing services technical assistance to not-for-profit groups and local governments;
- Center for Urban Community Services, Inc.: The New York City-based center will continue its Housing Innovation Partnership;
- Enterprise Foundation: The Denver-based foundation will support HOPWA projects in Colorado and other Western states (HUD release, 12/3).