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September 7, 2001

MAYOR HARRIS ANNOUNCES GRANTS TO AGENCIES ASSISTING PERSONS WITH HIV/AIDS 

Mayor Jeremy Harris announced grants to two agencies that will provide housing and supportive services to persons with HIV/AIDS through the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program. 

The city awarded $83,750 to the Life Foundation to provide:

·        case management services to 50 persons with HIV/AIDS;

·        a half-time volunteer services coordinator who will manage a corps of 100 volunteers who will service persons with HIV/AIDS;

·        assistance with the recruitment and training of volunteers; and

·        emergency help in the form of one-time rent, mortgage, and/or utility payments to prevent approximately 62 persons with HIV/AIDS from becoming homeless. 

The city also awarded $312,980 to Gregory House Programs for rental assistance to 40 persons with HIV/AIDS and their families, as well as for housing-related supportive services and administrative fees. 

“The city is determined to help those afflicted with HIV/AIDs through the HOPWA program and our partnerships with the Life Foundation and Gregory House Programs,” said Mayor Harris, “Affordable housing and supportive services are badly needed by this segment of our community and their loved ones.” 

HOPWA funds are provided to the city by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and are administered by the Community-Based Development Division of the city’s Department of Community Services. 

HOPWA provides housing assistance and supportive services to low-income persons with HIV/AIDS and their families. People with AIDS and other HIV-related illnesses often face desperate situations because they cannot work and their health care expenses mount. Homelessness and lack of adequate medical care threaten both family stability and the health of the affected person.  

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Wednesday, February 27, 2002

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