HUD supports housing services for HIV/AIDS community

The Justice Resource Institute received $1.4 million in funding to support tenant-based rental assistance and other supportive services for the HIV/AIDS community in Plymouth, Bristol and Northern Essex counties earlier this month, HUD said in a press release.

HUD awarded $24 million in grants nationwide to help more that 1,200 low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families, the release read. The annual grants are part of HUD’s Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS Program (HOPWA) and will support the more than 1,200 recipients over a three-year grant period.

“Research shows that a stable home is critical to the health of persons with HIV/AIDS, and results in better health and reduced transmission of the disease,” the release read. “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.”

Secretary Juliàn Castro said in a statement that the services offered by the grant recipients are essential to the HIV/AIDS community.

“Simply put, housing is healthcare,” Castro said in the release. “We’re proud to continue working with our local partners to provide housing and care for low-income individuals living with HIV/AIDS and their families. Their hard work continues to provide opportunities for our fellow Americans to build productive and prosperous futures.”

Robert Sondak is a vendor and a writer for Spare Change News.

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