The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that extremely low-income residents in Michigan living with HIV/AIDS will continue to receive permanent housing as a result of $1.3 million in grants HUD is awarding. Annually, this HUD funding will provide permanent supportive housing so they can manage their health and access needed supportive services such as case management and employment training. The funding is offered through HUD’s Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program (HOPWA) and will renew HUD’s support of Cass Community Social Services.
“These grants offer housing, vital healthcare and hope to hundreds of households that combine to literally save lives,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. “Having stable housing can make all the difference to the health of someone living with HIV/AIDS who might otherwise be struggling to live on our streets.”
Cass Community Social Services Inc., in Detroit will receive a HOPWA permanent supportive housing renewal grant of $1,348,970 to continue providing 11 units of facility-based housing for chronically homeless individuals at their Cass House facility. The program includes the provision of wrap-around supportive services to promote and maintain client housing stability. The program also promotes self sufficiency by providing educational and substance abuse counseling opportunities. The project was formerly administered by the city of Detroit Department of —Health.
Earlier this year, HUD awarded these jurisdictions nearly $300 million in formula grants. This year, HUD had made available a total of $332 million in HOPWA funds to help communities provide housing for this special needs population. Overall, these resources assist over 60,000 households annually to provide stable housing and reduced risks of homelessness for those living with HIV and other challenges.