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AIDS Action Committee Receives $1.4M Housing Grant From US Department of Housing and Urban Development

Funds will ensure continued housing for extremely low-income people living with HIV/AIDS

Last Updated: March 29, 2012
Media Contact: Susan Ryan-Vollmar – sryan@aac.org | 617.999.5644

BOSTON, March 29, 2012 — Today the US Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $33 million to 28 HIV/AIDS housing programs in 17 states around the country. The funds were issued through HUD’s Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program (HOPWA). AIDS Action Committee received $1.4 million to be spent over a three-year period to provide housing for 24 households that include people living with HIV who were formerly homeless. AIDS Action will administer the grant with its project partners, Father Bill’s and Mainspring of Brockton, Massachusetts.

AIDS Action Committee President and CEO Rebecca Haag issued the following statement in response to grant award:

“In the last year, AIDS Action assisted 1,100 clients with housing needs and helped 100 formerly homeless clients secure housing. Our funding from HUD to help house people living with HIV/AIDS who might otherwise be homeless was critical to our ability to do this work. This funding will support our targeted outreach to people living with HIV/AIDS who are at high risk for homelessness. It is hard, to say the least, to take care of your health when you are either homeless or living in an unstable situation. HUD’s HOPWA program is a vital link in the chain of services that stabilize the living situations of extremely low income people living with HIV/AIDS, and connect them with care.

“Since 1999, the state has lowered rates of new HIV diagnoses by 54 percent, which will save the Commonwealth more than $2 billion in health care costs. Stabilizing housing is one of the many ways we improve the health outcomes of people living with HIV/AIDS and reduce the likelihood that they will transmit the virus.”

AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts is the state’s leading provider of prevention and wellness services for people vulnerable to HIV infection. It provides services to one in six people in Massachusetts living with an HIV diagnosis. These services include HIV counseling and testing; needle exchange; mental health counseling; housing assistance; and legal services. AIDS Action works to prevent new HIV infections, support those affected by HIV, and tackle the root causes of HIV/AIDS by educating the public and health professionals about HIV prevention and care; and advocating for fair and effective HIV/AIDS policy at the city, state, and federal levels. Founded in 1983, AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts is New England’s first and largest AIDS service organization. In 2013, AIDS Action formed a strategic alliance with Fenway Health that will allow the two organizations to work more closely together and improve delivery of care and services to people living with HIV/AIDS. Learn more at www.aac.org.

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