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2011 Integrated HIV/AIDS Housing Plan Special Projects of National Significance Program Grantees

In September 2011, The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded nearly $9 million in Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) competitive grant funding to seven Integrated HIV/AIDS Housing Plan (IHHP) grantees in communities across the country. The IHHP grantees were funded to provide housing assistance and supportive services to low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) and their families. In addition to providing housing and services to eligible HOPWA beneficiaries, the grantees received funding to improve the coordination of HIV housing and services in their communities and streamline access to other existing local services and resources for PLWHA through community-wide strategies.

The HOPWA IHHP initiative was developed in response to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy‘s call for enhanced collaboration at all levels to achieve its goals. The IHHP grantees worked to accomplish the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy through improved community planning, resource utilization, and service integration, including actions to increase collaborative efforts with health care systems, Homeless Continuums of Care, affordable housing programs, employment programs, and other mainstream non-HOPWA resources. The seven projects were funded to become replicable models of improved coordination of housing and care for PLWHA.

The grantees submitted a final Integrated HIV/AIDS Housing Plan report at the end of the three year grant period. The reports detailed each grantee’s successes and challenges in their coordination and integration efforts, and outlined the systems changes to the delivery of housing and services that occurred over the grant period. Collaborative Solutions, Inc. developed a final report that highlights the strategies and outcomes for six of the IHHP grantees. View the full report.

The six grantees are featured below with a description of their IHHP projects and links to information on their strategies and outcomes.

 


JRI Health Youth Housing Initiative, Justice Resource Institute

JRI Health Youth Housing Initiative, Justice Resource InstituteThe Justice Resource Institute (JRI) in Boston, Massachusetts was awarded a 2011 HOPWA competitive Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) grant in the amount of $1,223,377 to provide Tenant-Based Rental Assistance and supportive services to 20 homeless youth living with HIV in the Boston area. JRI partnered with two local project sponsors: the Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership to provide housing support and the Boston Medical Center to coordinate supportive services.

Read JRI’s IHHP strategies and outcomes.

For more information, please visit: http://www.jri.org/.

Maine Integrated HIV/AIDS Housing Plan, Frannie Peabody Center

Maine Integrated HIV/AIDS Housing Plan, Frannie Peabody CenterThe Frannie Peabody Center in Portland, Maine was awarded a 2011 HOPWA competitive Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) grant in the amount of $930,909 to provide housing assistance and supportive services for PLWHA in Maine. As part of their coordination efforts, FPC coordinated with Public Housing Authorities and other housing providers across the state to expand linkages between housing providers and secure preferences for persons living with HIV/AIDS in subsidized housing programs.

Read Frannie Peabody Center’s IHHP strategies and outcomes.

For more information, please visit: http://peabodycenter.org/.

Springboard to Stability, Self-Sufficiency, and Health Program, Portland Housing Bureau

Springboard to Stability, Self-Sufficiency and Health Program, Portland Housing BureauThe City of Portland, Oregon, Portland Housing Bureau was awarded a 2011 HOPWA competitive Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) grant in the amount of $1,365,900 to serve people living with HIV/AIDS who are homeless or at risk of being homeless in Portland, OR. PHB utilized the HOPWA “Other” line item to combine emergency and short-term housing assistance into one pooled fund to provide a continuum of eviction prevention, rapid re-housing and housing retention services.

Read Portland Housing Bureau’s IHHP strategies and outcomes.

For more information, please visit: http://www.portlandonline.com/phb/.

Foundations for Living Project, The Corporation for AIDS Research, Education, and Services, Inc. (CARES)

Foundations for Living Project, The Corporation for AIDS Research, Education, and Services, Inc. (CARES)The Corporation for AIDS Research, Education, and Services, Inc. (CARES) was awarded a 2011 HOPWA competitive Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) grant in the amount 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 project aimed to provide 60 clients with tenant-based rental assistance and assist an additional 15 clients with permanent housing placement activities to foster housing stability.

Read CARES’ IHHP strategies and outcomes.

For more information, please visit: http://www.caresny.org/index.cfm.

Ex-Offender Housing and IHHP Planning Project, City of Dallas, Texas

Ex-Offender Housing and IHHP Planning Project, City of Dallas, TexasThe City of Dallas, Texas, Housing/Community Services Department, was awarded a 2011 HOPWA competitive Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) grant in the amount of $1,287,500 to provide housing support to 60 ex-offenders over the grant period. The project also provided supportive services through the City of Dallas' Project Reconnect Program and the Department of Justice's Second Chance Act to support clients on the path to permanent housing and self-sufficiency.

Read City of Dallas’ IHHP strategies and outcomes.

For more information, please visit: http://www.dallascityhall.com/housing/index.html.

Forging Useful Systems to Empower (FUSE) Project, River Region Human Services, Inc.

Forging Useful Systems to Empower (FUSE) Project, River Region Human Services, Inc.River Region Human Services, Inc. (RRHS) was awarded a 2011 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 project provided housing assistance and service coordination through a partnership with Ability Housing of Northeast Florida, Inc.

Read River Region Human Services’ IHHP strategies and outcomes.

For more information, please visit: http://www.rrhs.org/.