Md. AIDS Administration gets housing service grant Program gives assistance to people with HIV

August 24, 1996|By Joan Jacobson | Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF

Maryland will create a housing information service for people infected with the virus that causes AIDS, under a $976,800 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

HUD Secretary Henry G. Cisneros announced the grant yesterday, along with $7 million in awards to 10 other cities and states.

The Maryland grant will go to the state's AIDS Administration and will be used to give notice of available public and private housing on a toll-free phone line and on the Internet.

The funds will be administered by a private, nonprofit group, the Low Income Housing Information Service.

The money also will pay for four coordinators to assess the housing needs around the state of those infected by the human immunodeficiency virus and to give technical assistance to groups wanting to build housing for them, said Laura Howell, chief of administration for the Maryland AIDS Administration.

In Maryland, almost 6,000 people are living with acquired immune deficiency syndrome, but the number infected with HIV is much larger.

The grant will help those with HIV "at a time when people are at their most vulnerable," said Cisneros at a news conference yesterday.

He noted that AIDS patients who are homeless have a much shorter life expectancy than those living in homes.

"They need a warm place to live, a place to sleep, good and nutritious food and a relatively stress-free environment," Cisneros said.

Pub Date: 8/24/96

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