In response to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy's call for greater access to care through collaborations between federal and community plans, the Office of HIV/AIDS Housing announced seven new competitive grants that will become models of integration over the next few years. The grants combine housing support with a community planning component in an effort to make community wide system changes in service delivery for the low-income HIV positive individuals in the grantee communities. They will all create an Integrated HIV/AIDS Housing Plan (IHHP) at the end of their three years that will be made public and will hopefully be a tool for other communities that are interested in starting similar programs. The IHHPs will document the lessons learned, successes and challenges, partners, and changes in service delivery that happen over the three years of the grant.
The Los Angeles County Commission on HIV was formed in 1995 to serve as an advisory body to the City and County agencies using resources under the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act. The Commission advises on the development and administration of the community's comprehensive plan involving 25,000 HIV positive individuals in the Los Angeles County. In 2011 as the lead agency for a partnership with the City and County agencies, the Los Angeles County Commission on HIV was selected by HUD as the grantee for a HOPWA competitive Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) grant. The award provides $1,375,000 for housing assistance and service coordination for persons with HIV, targeted to persons not previously connected to care and for newly-diagnosed persons with HIV and their families in Los Angeles, CA who are homeless or have risks of homelessness.
The Collaborative for Housing Integrated with Supportive Services (CHISS) project is a multiparty cross-program effort to ensure better coordination for housing, health care, and other services for PLWHA. CHISS will create an operating plan based on housing components, case management and medical care coordination. Partnership agencies will also seek to streamline overlapping service delivery and develop braided funding and referral systems that support client transitions to stable arrangements. The Commission's project sponsor, the Alliance for Housing and Healing, will master lease units of scattered-site rental housing to 50 households over the course of the 3-year grant period. These efforts will promote client self-sufficiency and provides housing assistance with the expectation and plan to enable client access to other housing assistance or private housing by the end of that first year. The program will also connect households with a service coordinator supported by Ryan White funding that will provide other services, including medical outpatient services, oral health care services, mental health services, and medical care coordination.
The CHISS project involves strategic partnerships with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, the City of Los Angeles Housing Department, and the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles. The CHISS team members will collaborate on the development of a community model for an Integrated HIV/AIDS Housing Plan that will guide on-going program coordination. The model will demonstrate comprehensive service delivery for HOPWA, Ryan White, and other funding for housing and services for persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families that includes medical and housing service providers.
For more information, please visit: http://www.hivcommission-la.info/.
The Justice Resource Institute (JRI) was founded in 1973 to address problems of deinstitutionalization. They began working with court-involved persons and have since expanded their array of programs and now serve developmentally delayed persons, youth, people living with HIV/AIDS, and GLBT youth. Today JRI is one of the largest human services providers in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. JRI manages a health center and mental health clinic; street youth outreach; court and probation consultative services; residential schools for mentally ill, cognitively limited, developmentally disabled, and behaviorally challenging youngsters; and comprehensive services for adult developmentally disabled.
JRI's 2011 HOPWA competitive Special Projects of National Significance program JRI Health Youth Housing Initiative will bring $1,223,388 to this hard to serve population. The JRI Health Housing Program will oversee the effort to provide scattered site tenant based housing rental assistance and supportive services to 20 homeless youth who are living with HIV in the Boston area. JRI will partner with two local project sponsors with the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership providing housing support and supportive services coordinated with the Boston Medical Center SPARK Center. The project will promote stable housing, health outcomes and client achievements toward self-sufficiency. In collaboration with local vocational training partners and Ticket to Work programs the effort will help connect clients with job opportunities.
Under this initiative, the JRI project will assist in developing a community model for an Integrated HIV/AIDS Housing Plan. The planning team has secured Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) from the Boston Public Health Commission's Ryan White Planning Council, the local Community Planning and Development Office, the SPARK Center a local non-profit, and other government and non-governmental organizations to coordinate and integrate the Youth Housing Initiative into local planning efforts. The model will demonstrate cross-program efforts under HOPWA and Ryan White Care projects to coordinate service delivery and integrate data collection and reporting on results.
For more information, please visit: http://www.jri.org/.
The Frannie Peabody Center in Portland, Maine was formed in 2002 by a merger between two of the largest HIV/AIDS service providers in Maine. They are currently the largest community service organization in Maine and provide both prevention services for those at risk of HIV and direct services to HIV positive individuals and their families. They were awarded a 2011 HOPWA competitive Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) grant in the amount of $930,909 for their Maine Integrated HIV/AIDS Housing Plan. The Frannie Peabody Center will partner with four local Public Housing Authorities to move eligible PLWHAs from HOPWA Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) to Housing Choice Vouchers. The Plan will set a precedent in Maine by restructuring wait list prioritization procedures, expanding linkages between providers, and closing a service gap for PLWHA by prioritizing HIV/AIDS in public housing. The Plan will promote stable housing and health outcomes by providing 44 individuals with housing support and 26 with supportive services to assist clients' transitions to Housing Choice Vouchers.
As part of a state-wide collaboration, the Frannie Peabody Center project will assist in developing a community model for an Integrated HIV/AIDS Housing Plan. The planning team has secured Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) from non-profit, state, and local organizations to participate in a collaborative planning process with the city and state Continuums of Care as well as the Bangor, Portland, Sanford, and the Maine State Housing Authorities. The model will demonstrate cross program collaboration between Housing Authorities and HOPWA to streamline services for the benefit of clients.
For more information, please visit: http://peabodycenter.org/.
The Portland Housing Bureau's Springboard to Stability, Self-Sufficiency and Health (S4H) program was awarded $1,365,900 to serve those who are homeless or at risk of being homeless in the Portland, Oregon area. The program targets people living with HIV/AIDS who are homeless or at risk of being homeless by combining emergency and short-term housing assistance into one pooled fund to provide a continuum of eviction prevention, rapid re-housing and housing retention services. Short-term rental assistance and supportive services will be provided through the Cascade AIDS Project and employment-related services will be provided through Work Systems, Inc, a Workforce Investment Board, funded through the Department of Labor. Initially serving the Portland area, comprehensive planning during the first grant year will lead to expansion of services to cover all seven counties of the EMSA during the second and third grant years.
The S4H project will build upon long-standing, collaborative relationships between public housing, HOPWA, Ryan White CARE Act and workforce providers and systems, as well as State and local planning groups. HIV and housing services integration will be achieved through the use of common housing and service assessment forms, development of a single client Housing/Services plan and communication and data sharing across HOPWA and Ryan White case managers. The project will integrate and utilize the Ryan White and HMIS data systems to improve service delivery and evaluate a range of housing, health and self-sufficiency outcomes. Results of the efforts will be compiled into an Integrated HIV/AIDS Housing Plan.
For more information, please visit: http://www.portlandonline.com/phb/.
The Corporation for AIDS Research, Education, and Services, Inc. (CARES) was founded in 1990 to assist communities in upstate New York with acquiring and coordinating housing resources for persons living with HIV/AIDS and other disabilities. Over the last two decades, the agency's activities have expanded to include the direct provision of housing assistance, as well as coalition building and community planning. CARES has been awarded a 2011 HOPWA competitive Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) grant of $1,344,375 to provide permanent housing, linkages to critical supportive services, and comprehensive planning and coordination activities in the cities of Albany and Rochester, NY.
The Foundations for Living Project will provide 60 clients with tenant-based rental assistance and assist an additional 15 clients with permanent housing placement activities to foster housing stability. CARES will work in collaboration and partnership with two project sponsors to provide housing services and service coordination: the Damien Center in Albany and Catholic Charities Community Services in Rochester. The project will also feature a comprehensive planning and coordination effort that will result in the creation of an Integrated HIV/AIDS Housing Plan (IHHP). The planning team will consist of a diverse group of stakeholders, including local housing authorities, mental health and substance abuse service providers, and the client population with relationships strengthened through signed Memoranda of Understanding (MOU). The planning team will also engage workforce investment boards, vocational services, and other employment groups to enhance self-sufficiency for persons living with HIV/AIDS in Rochester and Albany.
Foundations for Living will also include an ongoing project evaluation component. Evaluation data will be reviewed throughout the grant period and will be incorporated into a continuous quality improvement plan to ensure the project meets its goals. The final evaluation of the project will be included in the IHHP, which will summarize the lessons learned from this initiative and will be disseminated as a model for replication across the country.
For more information, please visit: http://www.caresny.org/index.cfm.
The City of Dallas Housing/Community Services Department is responsible for carrying out the City's housing and social service programs. The Housing/Community Services Department was awarded a 2011 HOPWA Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) grant of $1,287,500 to provide transitional housing support to 60 ex-offenders over the three year grant period. The Ex-Offender Housing and IHHP Planning Project will also provide supportive services through the City of Dallas's Project Reconnect Program and by the Department of Justice's Second Chance Act to support clients on the path to permanent housing and self-sufficiency.
In addition, the City commits to creating an Integrated HIV/AIDS Housing Plan (IHHP) through a comprehensive community planning effort that involves 20 local partners operating in the eight county Dallas Metropolitan Statistical Area. Community teams will assess local needs, housing inventories and service delivery practices in cross program approaches that will be detailed in a coordinated and integrated implementation strategy during the first year. The local strategy will guide housing connections and service delivery actions over the following two years that will seek to broaden partnerships and improve health and stable housing outcomes for persons living with HIV/AIDS. The results will be evaluated to identify efficient and effective practices in assisting beneficiaries and shared as a model IHHP with other communities.
For more information, please visit: http://www.dallascityhall.com/housing/index.html.
For over 25 years, River Region Human Services, Inc. (RRHS) has been providing a comprehensive array of prevention, housing, case management, and support services for persons living with HIV/AIDS in Northeast Florida. In 2011, RRHS was awarded a HOPWA competitive Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) grant in the amount of $1,353,743 to provide tenant based rental assistance and coordinated linkages to comprehensive supportive services for 40 households headed by homeless persons living with HIV/AIDS in the Jacksonville, FL metropolitan area. The FUSE project will provide housing assistance to clients through a partnership with Ability Housing of Northeast Florida, Inc.
FUSE program service coordinators will link clients to supportive services through partnerships with local service providers in the Jacksonville Area Ryan White network and Emergency Services and Homeless Coalition. The project will promote stable housing, health outcomes and client achievements toward self-sufficiency. The program will also work with local vocational partners such as Goodwill Industries of North Florida to connect clients with job opportunities.
The Forging Useful Systems to Empower (FUSE) Project will develop a community model for an Integrated HIV/AIDS Housing Plan for Northeast Florida. The planning team will consist of the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida, the Jacksonville Housing Authority, the Duval Health Department and several other local organizations. The model will demonstrate comprehensive coordination of HOPWA, Ryan White, and other sources of funding for housing and services for persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families.
For more information, please visit: http://www.rrhs.org/.