WASHINGTON -- Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-SF) applauded final Congressional action Thursday that significantly increased funding for the nation’s vital housing programs – including setting aside $258 million to help house low income persons with AIDS -- as well as providing $1.25 million for specific San Francisco related projects.
"Increases in both the demand for housing and the number of people living with HIV/AIDS mean that San Francisco needs the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program more than ever," Pelosi said. "This increase will benefit our community."
HOPWA provides vital resources to ensure that people living with HIV and AIDS have access to the stable housing that is necessary for their medical care. More than 200,000 people with HIV/AIDS are currently in need of housing assistance, and 60 percent of those living with this disease will need housing assistance at some point during their illness.
The overall housing bill also funded several local projects:
National housing programs funded by the bill, which also included money for veterans, the environment, energy and water, include: