Idaho, 11 Other States Receive HUD Grants for HIV/AIDS Programs
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded a $1.3 million grant to the Idaho Housing and Finance Association to fund a program for people living with HIV/AIDS, AP/KTVB.com reports. The IHFA program during the last three years has helped 178 HIV-positive people obtain long-term housing, provided other services to 216 people living with HIV/AIDS and helped 18 families receive both housing and other services (AP/KTVB.com, 1/25). The funds will go to seven service providers throughout Idaho. IHFA Vice President Julie Williams said, "We look forward to using these valuable funds to assist key service providers in securing permanent housing for their clients." According to the Associated Press, Idaho is one of 12 states to receive the funding (Associated Press, 1/25). For example, Our House -- Portland, Oregon's only residential care facility with 24-hour specialized nursing care for AIDS patients -- received a three-year $1.3 million HUD grant, which will allow the facility to expand to care for 14 patients, the Oregonian reports. Our House will also use the funds to offer rental assistance to patients who do not live in the facility and strengthen "onsite care," including nursing, social work and occupational therapy, for patients who do not require 24-hour care "but cannot live totally independently," according to the Oregonian (Colburn, Oregonian, 1/23).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.