The funds will be awarded as special projects through the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program. This program provides housing assistance and related supportive services to local units of government, states, and non-profit organizations for projects that benefit low-income persons, who are medically diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, and their families. These funds will be awarded as follows:
- $502,679 for the AIDS Alabama Program in Birmingham. This will provide the necessary funds for operating costs and supportive services for JASPER House, a 14 unit supportive housing project. JASPER House provides permanent supportive housing for multiple diagnosed HIV/AIDS individuals as well as counseling, substance abuse treatment, basic life skills training and other valuable resources.
- $572,331 for the Health Services Center in Hobson City. This will help to develop transitional housing for homeless persons living with HIV/AIDS in the rural communities of east central Alabama. The program will operate 6 units of transitional housing and a combination of intensive supportive services in order to assist these individuals in achieving stable permanent housing.
Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased to announce over $1 million for these important programs that provide housing opportunities in Alabama. These grants will provide low-income persons who are medically diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and their families with the opportunity for transitional housing while they work to achieve permanent homes.”