Dept. of Commerce: Housing Assistance Available to Individuals and Families Affected by AIDS and HIV

Tony Hozeny, 608/267-9661

MADISON – Low-income individuals and families in Wisconsin affected by AIDS and HIV will benefit from a $397,215 grant to the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin from Department of Commerce (Commerce). The federal grant was made available to the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin by the Commerce Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program.

“One of Gov. Jim Doyle’s top priorities is meeting the needs of all Wisconsin residents and making sure quality affordable housing is accessible to low-income households,” said Commerce Secretary Cory L. Nettles. “The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin and the HOPWA program are committed to providing assistance and supportive services to low income residents with HIV or AIDS and their families,”

The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin will use the funds to assist all forms of housing designed to prevent homelessness including housing counseling, emergency housing, security deposits, rental assistance and eviction prevention, shared housing arrangements, apartments, and single room occupancy (SRO) units and community residences. The funds will be available in the 66 counties outside of the Milwaukee Metro and Minneapolis/St. Paul areas.

The HOPWA program is designed to provide resources and incentives to devise long term comprehensive strategies for meeting the housing needs of persons with AIDS or related diseases and their families. For more information on the HOPWA program, contact Jim O’Keefe, Commerce, at 608/264-7837.