WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded $2 million in grants to assist extremely low-income people and families in Rhode Island who are living with HIV/AIDS.
The grants, awarded to two programs from the R.I. Housing Mortgage Finance Corp., will provide HIV/AIDS-affected households with a stable living environment, something “essential to accessing health care and HIV related services,” according to a HUD release.
Furthermore, the funding will provide access to needed supportive services in helping affected persons with life skills, job readiness services and employment training.
“These grants will provide our local partners with crucial funding that is necessary to provide individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS a place to call home,” HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said in prepared remarks. “The comfort of knowing that you have a roof over your head makes a huge difference in the well being of families and gives hope to those who might otherwise end up living on the streets.”
For a total of $2.06 million, the Rhode Island Housing Mortgage Finance Corp.’s Sunrise Project will receive $1.3 million and the organization’s New Transitions project will receive $780,242 from HUD.
The Sunrise Project’s grant will support the continued operation of 13 units of facility-based housing and 18 scattered-site master lease units. According to HUD, supportive services will assist 51 households annually.
The project is a collaborative partnership with AIDS Care Ocean State in Providence and Family Resources Community Action in Woonsocket.
The grant awarded to the New Transitions program will help support a five-unit transitional substance abuse treatment facility and nine scattered site leased units. This collaborative partnership with AIDS Care Ocean State, which helps provide substance abuse treatment, support services and life skills training for roughly three months, after which clients move to their own apartments.