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AIDS housing
formula hurts Memphis HIVers

AIDS housing
formula hurts Memphis HIVers

Existing HOPWA formula deprives Memphis of additional $225,000 in funds.

Because the funding formula for the federal Housing Opportunities for People With AIDS program allocates money based on the number of a region's cumulative AIDS cases, cities with newer HIV epidemics, like Memphis, Tenn., aren't receiving enough funds, reports the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

A report by the Government Accountability Office states that Memphis would have received nearly $225,000 in additional federal AIDS housing funds in 2004 if the city's number of HIV-positive residents had been counted instead of its cumulative AIDS cases. Memphis received a total of about $2.1 million in AIDS housing grants through HOPWA and other sources in 2004.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranks Memphis as one of the U.S. cities with the fastest-rising HIV caseloads.

A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which administers HOPWA grants, says the Bush administration is working to change the funding formula in its proposed 2006 budget. (

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