HUD helps people living with HIV, AIDS

$334M allocated toward low-cost housing assistance

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$334M allocated toward low-cost housing assistance

Steve Bergsman
Inman News™

I stumbled upon a recent item in the business press: "With 40,000 foreclosures burdening its books in the first quarter alone, Bank of America will begin bulldozing and giving away abandoned homes it can't sell. The bank will hand over 100 homes to a local agency in Cleveland, with similar plans scheduled for Chicago and Detroit. Other banks and Fannie Mae are also considering programs of their own."

This is good news for social service agencies that supply low-cost housing for those in need. And, although there are hundreds of different categories of low-cost housing, I would like to focus on just one special program that supplies housing and additional services to people with HIV, or, technically speaking, the human immunodeficiency virus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).

(People can be infected with HIV and not have AIDS; they do not have AIDS until they develop serious symptoms. Many remain infected but apparently healthy for years.)

Most folks aren't aware of it, but for more than 20 years the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has offered a housing program called Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS, which is mostly known by its acronym, HOPWA.

HOPWA funds may be used for a wide range of housing, social services, program planning and development costs. These include, but are not limited to, the acquisition, rehabilitation or new construction of housing units.

In 1992, HOPWA received its first funding of $47 million. For fiscal year 2011, the funding reached $334 million and it was allocated across 134 communities, with 26 competitive grant renewals.

The overriding concept with HOPWA is that people with HIV adhere to their medications much better when they have somewhere safe, decent and affordable to live.

Last year, about 91 percent of the people eligible for the program were extremely low-income and 7 percent just low-income, said Mercedes Marquez, HUD's assistant secretary for community planning and development. "This is an incredibly targeted program.

And of those served in 2010 -- over 2,300 people -- about 13 percent were homeless and HIV-positive at the point of entry into the program. Of all the clients served in 2010, nearly 2,500 were veterans."

As the medical response to the disease has changed and people are living longer, housing needs have changed as well.

"Before, the need was so great, the disease progressing so quickly, people's health status was so precious, the most effective thing to do was group people together so as to get them the services they needed," Marquez said.

"Now, people can live more independently and are more integrated into the community. Almost 49 percent of HOPWA money is actually used as a housing subsidy in the form of tenant-based rental assistance."

AIDS Alabama, based in Birmingham, calls itself the only organization in the state that focuses on providing housing to needy individual and families with HIV/AIDS, because, said Kathie Hiers, CEO of the nonprofit, "national research shows 40-60 percent of all persons living with HIV/AIDS report a lifetime experience of homelessness or housing instability."

AIDS Alabama owns a number of properties that it uses for permanent and transitional housing, and has other housing assistance programs.

"We just bought a six-plex apartment in a part of Birmingham that is not in real good shape right now, but folks are moving in and trying to build up the area," Hiers said. "We just got a homeless grant to renovate it."

Asked if the recession has been helpful or harmful to her program, Hiers said, "In these economic times it's been challenging, but at the same time real estate has never been cheaper. We have been able to use a bit of HOPWA funding to leverage other funding sources to develop some housing."

HUD's response to the foreclosure crisis has been a series of programs aimed at stabilizing individual markets, including about $7 billion through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. Executives of nonprofits usually leverage one HUD program with another HOPWA or with other various local funding sources to get housing constructed, or reconstructed.

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1. Isaiah Johnson said... on Nov 16, 2011 at 06:12PM

“I am looking for home for people living with Hiv & Aids Phone no. 773-647-7399”

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2. John davids said... on Dec 31, 2011 at 11:58PM

“l will like to know, why people with the can work? Are the not people too? The money for thier treatment. and the only out is to work.”

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3. mercy said... on Oct 2, 2013 at 07:26PM


Hello every body, Miss Rose, and i am here to testifies on how DR.ekoko help me to cure my sickness called HIV/AIDS which has

been eating me up for 2years and 4months, and when I go online I saw his email on how he cured so many people, so I emailed

the Dr.ekoko and tell my problems to him, and tell all his necessary needy for the healing, after that day he gave me an

assurance of 4days of his herbal healing, and said I should go for a medical check up on the 5th day of which I get to the

hospital the new result now shows am HIV negative. And now am so happy and free from it thanks to Dr ekoko. Please if there

is any one in need of his help should kindly contact him ekokospiritualkigdom@gmail.comor call him on 2348161779668

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4. mercy said... on Oct 2, 2013 at 07:26PM


Hello every body, Miss Rose, and i am here to testifies on how DR.ekoko help me to cure my sickness called HIV/AIDS which has

been eating me up for 2years and 4months, and when I go online I saw his email on how he cured so many people, so I emailed

the Dr.ekoko and tell my problems to him, and tell all his necessary needy for the healing, after that day he gave me an

assurance of 4days of his herbal healing, and said I should go for a medical check up on the 5th day of which I get to the

hospital the new result now shows am HIV negative. And now am so happy and free from it thanks to Dr ekoko. Please if there

is any one in need of his help should kindly contact him ekokospiritualkigdom@gmail.comor call him on 2348161779668

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5. xian saon said... on Feb 17, 2015 at 09:14AM


Hello, I'm here to say thanks and appreciation dr akoli for helping me cure my HIV. My name is Xian Saon i live in Pulau Pinang. I was infected by someone i loved and he did not tell me he was HIV positive. I read on how dr akoli has help someone get rid of this HIV virus and i contacted dr akoli and i was told what to do, to my greatest surprise after going accordingly to instruction given to me by dr akoli i went for a medical test and the result was negative. i want to say thanks again to dr akoli you can contact dr akoli on his e-mail : akoliovansspelltemple@gmail.com If you are infected also or for any other disease, good work dr akoli”

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6. joyce said... on Feb 17, 2015 at 09:34AM


How can I explain this to the world that there is a man who can cure HIV/aids I was HIV over since 7year I have being into HIV drug I can’t anymore I decide to look for help then I found this woman post write about this great man DR.AKOLI telling people about him that this man have cured to HIV I don’t believe that because all I have in mind is HIV had no cure, thank god for my life today am HIV negative through the power of DR.AKOLI I contacted this man for help because who write about him drop an email of the man I pick the email and emailed him for the cure this man told me what to do about the cure well am from Australia this man cast a curing spell on me and he told me that he will call me after the cure is done truly he did I was cured for 45mins spell what a wonderful man this DR.AKOLI if you need his cured just email him now akoliovansspelltemple@gmail.com

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7. Kate Nolan said... on Feb 17, 2015 at 09:36AM


Hello everybody my name is Kate Nolan form the UK i never belived that spell and herb can
cure ten years HIV in my body, i never thought that this will work, i have
spend a lot getting drugs from the hospital to keep me healthy, what i was
waiting for is death because i was broke, one day i read about this great
man called DR AKOLI who is well known for his spell, HIV and cancer
cure, i decided to email him, unknowingly to me that this will be the end
of the HIV aids in my body, he prepared the herbs spell for me, and gave me
instructions on how to take it, at the end of 5 days, he told me to go to
the hospital for a check up, and i went, surprisingly after the test the
doctor confirmed me negative, i thought it was a joke, i went to other
hospitals and was also negative, then i took my friend who was also HIV
positive to the Dr, and after the spell treatment she was also confirmed
negative . He also have the herb to cure cancers, infertility and any other disease, please i want every”

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8. Emily Smith said... on Feb 19, 2015 at 07:27PM

“All thanks to Dr Osorba for curing my HIV positive to Negative, i do not have much to say but with all my life i will forever be grateful to him and God Almighty for using Dr Osorba to reach me when i thought it is all over, today am happy with my two kids and my husband after the medical doctor have confirmed my HIV status Negative,i have never in my life believed that HIV could be cure by any herbal medicine. so i want to use this means to reach other persons who have this disease by testifying the wonderful herbs and power of Dr Osorba that all is not lost yet, try and contact him by any means with his email: osorbaherbalhome@gmail.com”

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9. Emily Smith said... on Feb 19, 2015 at 07:27PM

“All thanks to Dr Osorba for curing my HIV positive to Negative, i do not have much to say but with all my life i will forever be grateful to him and God Almighty for using Dr Osorba to reach me when i thought it is all over, today am happy with my two kids and my husband after the medical doctor have confirmed my HIV status Negative,i have never in my life believed that HIV could be cure by any herbal medicine. so i want to use this means to reach other persons who have this disease by testifying the wonderful herbs and power of Dr Osorba that all is not lost yet, try and contact him by any means with his email: osorbaherbalhome@gmail.com”

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10. Emily Smith said... on Feb 19, 2015 at 07:27PM

“All thanks to Dr Osorba for curing my HIV positive to Negative, i do not have much to say but with all my life i will forever be grateful to him and God Almighty for using Dr Osorba to reach me when i thought it is all over, today am happy with my two kids and my husband after the medical doctor have confirmed my HIV status Negative,i have never in my life believed that HIV could be cure by any herbal medicine. so i want to use this means to reach other persons who have this disease by testifying the wonderful herbs and power of Dr Osorba that all is not lost yet, try and contact him by any means with his email: osorbaherbalhome@gmail.com”

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11. Anonymous said... on Feb 21, 2015 at 08:29AM

“I Never believed i was ever going to be HIV Negative again,Dr Kamacho has given me reasons to be happy, i was HIV positive for 2years and all the means i tried for treatment was not helpful to me, but when i came on the Internet i saw great testimony about Dr Kamacho on how he was able to cure someone from HIV, this person said great things about this man, and advice we contact him for any Disease problem that Dr Kamacho can be of help, well i decided to give him a try, he requested for my information which i sent to him, and he told me he was going to prepare for me a healing portion, which he wanted me to take for days, and after which i should go back to the hospital for check up, well after taking all the treatment sent to me by Dr Kamacho, i went back to the Hospital for check up, and now i have been confirmed HIV Negative, friends you can reach Dr Kamacho on any treatment for any Disease he is the one only i can show you all up to, reach him on (traditionalspellcentre@gmail.com)”

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12. VAN LUCY said... on Feb 23, 2015 at 04:03PM

“My life has change just 24hours, all I want to say is anything that your mind has chosen the first time don’t let a friend deceive you, my testimony happen like this I was on Google site I read 5 testimony with different doctors I ask myself which one is real because there are many fake doctors now, finally conclude to email doctor ogidigan of ora, when him reply me my friend was there who was still an hiv/aids patient him ask me to send money for items, my friend told me since him ask of money first that she is not going to be a party to such thing but I focus my mind and said I will be cure from this virus, when him was truth with everything, he told me my cure will be deliver to me by the RED STAR CURRIER MANAGEMENT which true when I apply the cure as him instructed me, then I go for test that was how I was cure for hiv/aids, and also now with the help of doctor ogidigan of ora my friend is now hiv/aids negative also great ogidigan you can email him at Hotmail or Gmail dr.ogidigan@hotmail.com, dr.ogidigan.1.of.ora@gmail.com. My name is VAN LUCY am from south Africa trust doctor ogidigan him can cure whatever disease you are having. THANKS”

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13. Anita said... on Mar 12, 2015 at 04:13PM

“Dr alabokun thank you for the time you make to saved my life i have suffered a lot to get health out from this diseases HIV aids, been in my body for years i take a lot of different drugs and herbs no one work. but just a try of your herbs for few weeks i am now free from this disease i really appreciate God will continuously bless you i will always remember you and testify for your good. pleas i want yu`all to know there is a cure on HIV aids so that you will also be free out from it. is my propose of showing this mail.
dralabokun@hotmail.com give him a try you will also testify good about him.”

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14. Anita said... on Mar 12, 2015 at 05:24PM

“Dr alabokun thank you for the time you make to saved my life i have suffered a lot to get health out from this diseases HIV aids, been in my body for years i take a lot of different drugs and herbs no one work. but just a try of your herbs for few weeks i am now free from this disease i really appreciate God will continuously bless you i will always remember you and testify for your good. pleas i want yu`all to know there is a cure on HIV aids so that you will also be free out from it. is my propose of showing this mail.
dralabokun@hotmail.com give him a try you will also testify good about him.”

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15. Julian said... on Mar 29, 2015 at 12:56AM

“Hello everyone am julian from Ontario Canada i will like to tell everyone the help Dr Osorba renders to me i was suffering from a long time liver cancer i met someone on the internet who tell me about a great spell caster that can help me get cured and i asked for the contact of this great spell caster and i actually did contact him because i need to get cure of this deadly disease and told him about my health and i needed cure at first i thought it would work i decided to give it a try and today am cancer free and it was all with the help of Dr Osorba he sent me the medicine which i used according to his prescriptions of which i did and i was cured. i will advice that anyone who need his help should kindly contact him on his contact email osorbaspiritualspelltemple@gmail.com or call him on 2347059497969”

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16. Julian said... on Mar 29, 2015 at 12:56AM

“Hello everyone am julian from Ontario Canada i will like to tell everyone the help Dr Osorba renders to me i was suffering from a long time liver cancer i met someone on the internet who tell me about a great spell caster that can help me get cured and i asked for the contact of this great spell caster and i actually did contact him because i need to get cure of this deadly disease and told him about my health and i needed cure at first i thought it would work i decided to give it a try and today am cancer free and it was all with the help of Dr Osorba he sent me the medicine which i used according to his prescriptions of which i did and i was cured. i will advice that anyone who need his help should kindly contact him on his contact email osorbaspiritualspelltemple@gmail.com or call him on 2347059497969”

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17. Ross said... on Mar 29, 2015 at 12:58AM



this is real take it serious, who will believe that a herb can cure ten years HIV in my body, i never believe that this will work i have spend a lot when getting drugs from the hospital to keep me healthy, what i was waiting for is death because i was broke, one day i hard about this great man who is well know of HIV and cancer cure, i decided to email him, unknowingly to me that this will be the end of the HIV aids in my body, he prepare the herb for me, and give me instruction on how to take it, at the end of the two week, he told me to go to the hospital for a check up, and i went, surprisingly after the test the doctor confirm me negative, i thought it was a joke, i went to other hospital was also negative, then i took my friend who was also HIV positive to the Dr Osorba, after the treatment she was also confirmed negative . He also have the herb to cure cancer please i want every one with this virus to be free, that is why am dropping his email address, osorbaspiritualspelltempl”

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18. Claire Powell said... on Mar 31, 2015 at 05:56PM

“My name is Claire Powell, I am From United States, FL, I was once Diagnosed Of HIV, A deadly Disease which i believe it has no cure until when i came in contact with DR OVIA. During the period of Having this Disease, I was Ashamed of myself, and this made me to go in search of help and i came across numerous comments on DR OVIA, I also contacted him Though i was not having the Believe that HIV has Cure because it is known all over the world that There is no Cure for HIV. So when i contacted DR OVIA, He Helped me with his Cure and he asked me to go for medical Check up after Six days, I really Did as he said, and to my Greatest Joy, I was Cured and Healed and up till this moment, I am no longer suffering from this Disease. DR OVIA made me believe that There is Cure for HIV AIDS. He is also specialize in curing of So many Diseases Like:
Cancer
Diabetes Type 1 and 2
Herpes
Kidney Stone
Alzheimer's
Hepatitis and Lot's More
Contact DR OVIA now if you are Suffering From any Type of Infec”

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19. Claire Powell said... on Mar 31, 2015 at 05:56PM

“My name is Claire Powell, I am From United States, FL, I was once Diagnosed Of HIV, A deadly Disease which i believe it has no cure until when i came in contact with DR OVIA. During the period of Having this Disease, I was Ashamed of myself, and this made me to go in search of help and i came across numerous comments on DR OVIA, I also contacted him Though i was not having the Believe that HIV has Cure because it is known all over the world that There is no Cure for HIV. So when i contacted DR OVIA, He Helped me with his Cure and he asked me to go for medical Check up after Six days, I really Did as he said, and to my Greatest Joy, I was Cured and Healed and up till this moment, I am no longer suffering from this Disease. DR OVIA made me believe that There is Cure for HIV AIDS. He is also specialize in curing of So many Diseases Like:
Cancer
Diabetes Type 1 and 2
Herpes
Kidney Stone
Alzheimer's
Hepatitis and Lot's More
Contact DR OVIA now if you are Suffering From any Type of Infec”

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