U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla., today announced that the city of Orlando will receive a total of $6.6 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to expand the supply of affordable housing, reduce homelessness, revitalize communities, and help individuals with HIV/AIDS find suitable housing.
Orlando is receiving $3.7 million under Housing Opportunities for Persons With HIV/AIDS (HOPWA) program; $1.8 million under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program; $877,000 under the HOME program; and $162,000 under the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program.
“Orlando is one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation, so access to affordable housing is a serious challenge, especially for more vulnerable populations like those living with HIV or AIDS. Quality, affordable housing will help strengthen families and make our community stronger by reducing crime and attracting more, better-paying jobs to central Florida,” said Murphy, who is a co-chair of the New Democrat Coalition’s Housing Task Force.
HOPWA provides housing assistance and supportive services for low-income persons with HIV/AIDS and their families, enabling them to secure safe and sanitary housing in the private rental market by subsidizing a portion of their monthly rent. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are approximately 10,000 to 12,000 individuals living with HIV or AIDS in the Orlando metropolitan area.
Under CDBG, grants help construct quality housing and expand economic opportunities for families with low and moderate incomes. Under ESG, grants help families find permanent housing after they experience a housing crisis or homelessness. Under HOME, grants help fund housing for low-income families. Murphy recently announced that HUD was providing $11 million in funding for Orange County, Seminole County, and the city of Sanford to improve access to affordable housing and reduce homelessness.