August 3, 2010

August 3, 2010
Florida HIV/AIDS Housing

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Tuesday and I hope you are having a safe and great week so far. Dab the AIDS Bear and I are busy getting ready to leave on our trip to Washington, DC.

We did get some great news today about housing for people with HIV and AIDS in Florida. With all the bad news I have been reporting it is a nice change to have some good news.


The funding is part of $30.2 million to support stable housing for individuals and families at extreme risk for homelessness.

MIAMI More than a thousand extremely low income persons living with HIV/AIDS nationwide will continue to receive permanent housing as a result of $30.2 million in grants announced today by the US. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

During each of the next three years, this HUD funding will help provide permanent supportive housing for 1,232 households so they can manage their illnesses while receiving critically needed support services.

In Florida, the funding announced today will renew HUD's support of I.M. Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless, of Jacksonville, with a grant of $1,223,538, and the Community Development Office of Key West with a grant of $1,430,000. See individual project descriptions below.

"These programs are a critical source of support to local programs on the front lines of helping families stay healthy," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. "A stable home can make all the difference to the well being of these families, many of whom have been homeless or at extreme risk of homelessness."

These projects have estimated that about 40% of the households to be assisted will involve persons who have been homeless. The grants announced today also support the Obama Administration's new strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness, an unprecedented initiative announced last week at the White House.

Housing assistance and related services funded by HOPWA are an essential part of the comprehensive system of care for low income persons living with HIV/AIDS. A stable home environment is also vital for these households in allowing them to access consistent medical care and maintain their health. Furthermore, secure housing can be a platform for improved quality of life.

Ninety percent of HOPWA funds are distributed by formula to cities and states based on the number of AIDS cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HUD's formula grants are managed by 123 local and state jurisdictions, which coordinate AIDS housing efforts with other HUD and community resources. Up eight percent from last year, HUD is making available a record $335 million in HOPWA funds this year to help communities provide housing for this special needs population. Overall, these resources assist 58,367 households annually to promote stable housing and reduced risks of homelessness for those living with HIV and other challenges.

Now if we could just get more funding for ADAP. (AIDS Drug Assistance Program) During my trip to Washington, DC; I will be meeting with our elected officials about helping to pass the Emergency ADAP funding bill which is in Congress. Wish me luck. In Florida, we have almost 900 men and women on the waiting list for life saving HIV medications.

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab