Senate Appropriations Committee Approves $2 Million Cut for HOPWA
April 27, 2012
Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the proposed Fiscal Year 2013 for the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development departments. The departments were funded at $53.4 billion in the proposal, which included $330 million for the Housing Opportunities for People Living With AIDS (HOPWA) program. This funding level matches the President's request and is $2 million lower than the FY2012 funding level.
The proposed funding cut will result in 384 additional families who will not receive supportive services through HOPWA. (The Office of HIV/AIDS Housing projects that for every $1 million in HOPWA spending, 192 households are served). There are currently 145,366 families eligible for HOPWA assistance but not served; with a cut to HOPWA, that number will only increase.
According to AIDS Alabama, an AIDS United grantee and policy partner, "Housing IS healthcare." Housing is the greatest unmet need of persons living with HIV/AIDS, says the National AIDS Housing Coaltion. National research shows that 40-60% of all persons living with HIV/AIDS report a lifetime experience of homelessness or housing instability.
Stable housing enables persons living with HIV/AIDS to obtain and adhere to life-saving medical care and treatments. Improved housing status also decreases the likelihood that persons living with HIV/AIDS will participate in high risk behaviors that can lead to transmission of HIV and new HIV infections.
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