Los Angeles City Council Approves Additional $3 Million For HOPWA Projects
The Los Angeles City Council yesterday unanimously approved more than $3 million in additional funding for the Housing Opportunities for People Living With HIV/AIDS program. The funding will prevent a 33% cut in monthly payments to service organizations that provide housing assistance to people living with HIV/AIDS and will maintain current service levels over the next 12 months. According to an AIDS Project Los Angeles release, additional funds will be needed to maintain the housing services through the end of their current three-year contracts, which extend from April 1, 2002, to March 31, 2004. Daniel Montoya, director of government affairs for APLA, praised the decision to provide additional funding. "The mayor's work on HOPWA and the recent formation of the Mayor's Leadership Council on HIV and AIDS illustrates his continued commitment" to housing issues affecting people with HIV/AIDS, Montoya said (APLA release, 3/26).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.