Recognizing the profound effect stable housing can have on a person trying to manage their health, "HUD will work closely with its partners on the ground, as these grants will provide critically needed housing and care for low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS," said US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson.
The press release goes on to say that research shows that a stable home is critical to the well-being of persons living with HIV, and results in better health outcomes and reduced transmission of the disease. "In addition to housing assistance, these local programs will provide access to supportive services such as case management, mental health services, substance abuse services, and employment training. The combination of housing assistance and supportive services are critical in sustaining housing stability, promoting better health outcomes, and increasing quality of life, which promotes self-sufficiency efforts for those able to transition to the private housing market."
The funding is offered through HUD’s Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program (HOPWA) and will renew HUD's support of 22 local programs. These grants provide a combination of housing assistance and supportive services.
Since 1992, HUD’s HOPWA program has provided national leadership and resources that support the development and operation of high-quality supportive housing programs. Under the HOPWA Program, HUD makes grants to cities, states, and nonprofit organizations to provide housing assistance and supportive services to low-income persons living with HIV and their families. By providing assistance with housing and related services, the HOPWA program helps persons living with HIV enter into housing, access and remain in medical care, and adhere to complex treatment regimens.