The Portland Housing Bureau says it's received $1.365 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help fund rent assistance, employment services and permanent housing for homeless people with HIV/AIDS.
Portland is one of only eight communities chosen to receive federal money from HUD, beating out 38 other cities.
City Commissioner Nick Fish calls the new grant a "big win," and the city says the three-year grant will provide homes and vocational support for up to 60 people a year with HIV/AIDS. According to PortlandOnline, more than 600 people in the Portland area live with HIV/AIDS and either experience homelessness or are on the brink of becoming homeless.
The announcement from the Portland Housing Bureau provides more information on what agencies will benefit from the newly acquired funding:
Specifically, the new, local funding will support Springboard to Stability, Self-Sufficiency and Health (S4H), a collaborative initiative combining the work of Cascade AIDS Project in providing rent assistance, case management and employment services, with the employment and training services offered at WorkSource Portland Metro funded by Worksystems, Inc.