On Wednesday in
Tampa, Fla., federal Housing and Urban Development
secretary Alphonso Jackson announced $18.7 million in grants
to 16 programs to assist with housing costs for
A three-year $1.4
million grant will go to Montana, South Dakota, and
North Dakota for their collaborative, multistate Housing
Environments for Living Positively program, said Jim
Nolan, a bureau chief in the Montana Department of
Public Health and Human Services.
"The reason I
believe HUD likes our project is it's the only
multi-state project in the country," said Nolan. The three
states individually have too few HIV cases to qualify
for the federal housing assistance, explained Nolan.
Targeting low-income individuals and families, HELP
serves 45 households in Montana and about 20 each in the
The new HUD
funding will help get eligible clients off of waiting lists,
Nolen said. The Yellowstone AIDS Project in Billings, Mont.,
which jointly administers Montana's HELP with the
Missoula, Mont., AIDS Council, has a waiting list of
about 22 people. In addition, the grant will allow
Montana's HELP to hire housing coordinators, who will work
one-on-one with clients.
The other states
sharing the $18.7 million are Florida, California, New
York, Texas, Illinois, Colorado, Delaware, Kentucky,
Maryland, North Carolina, New Hampshire, and West
Virginia. Nationwide, $282 million is budgeted for
housing assistance to those affected by AIDS, Jackson said.