Housing and Urban Development Acting Secretary Alphonso Jackson on Tuesday announced the award of more than $31 million that aims to help local housing programs across the country better serve persons with HIV/AIDS and their families. Earlier this month, HUD announced it is seeking $295 million in funding for AIDS housing programs under President Bush's proposed fiscal year 2005 budget. The funding announced Tuesday is part of HUD's Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program. Housing assistance and services funded by HOPWA aim to fill a vital part of the comprehensive system of care for those living with HIV/AIDS. A stable home environment is a critical component for low-income persons managing complex drug therapies and potential side effects from their treatments. Eleven new or continuing programs totaling more than $11.8 million will receive funding. These include five projects that will demonstrate how to assist chronically homeless persons who are living wit...
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