HUD Marks World Aids Day- Awards Model Oregon Housing Program With $ 1.4 Million Grant
Dec 21,2006 00:00 by Bend Weekly News Sources

The Oregon Department of Human Services in Portland was awarded a grant of $1,373,293 to expand the scope of a HOPWA grant awarded in 2001 In partnership with the Cascade AIDS Project, the Oregon Statewide Supportive Community Re-entry Project will provide 55 units of rental assistance as permanent supportive housing for post-incarcerated persons living with HIV/AIDS.

"HOPWA has been a great success and many of our local partners, like the State of Oregon, stand out," said Bernardi. "Oregon’s use of HOPWA funds is a model for others demonstrating how expanding the reach of housing through a prisoner reentry program can literally change lives."

Housing assistance and related services funded by HOPWA are a vital part of the comprehensive system of care for those living with HIV/AIDS. A stable home environment is critical for low-income persons managing complex drug therapies and potential side effects from their treatments.

The Oregon grant presented on last month was part of $286 million provided nationwide to support local HIV/AIDS housing programs this year. The Bush Administration is seeking more than $300 million in HOPWA funding for FY 2007, representing a record for HUD’s principal HIV/AIDS housing effort.

Donnie Sanders was 28 years old when he entered Cascade AIDS Project after nearly three years in prison. Facing the prospect of a life on the street without any real medical treatment, Sanders found stable housing through the program and is currently building a new, healthy life with his wife Sanders said, "Just being able to stay clean and sober allowed me to move forward quite a bit. As long as I’m here with housing and always moving forward, I have no problem."

AIDS has claimed the lives of more than 25 million people worldwide and another 38 million people are living with HIV, including over one million in the United States December 1st is World AIDS Day, a day established by the World Health Organization to focus global attention on the devastating impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. This year's theme for HUD is Promising Partnerships:  Housing Stability and Access to Care For more information about World AIDS Day, visit www.omhrc.gov/hivaidsobservances/world/index.html.