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ACTION ALERT! Increase HOPWA by $21 Million for FY17

Posted by Elizabeth Koke , October 14, 2016

ACTION ALERT! Increase HOPWA by $21 Million for FY17

From our friends at the National AIDS Housing Coalition:
Urgent Need to Increase HOPWA by $21 million for FY17

HIV/AIDS housing supporters in New York State:

Public Law 114-201, signed by the President on July 29, updates the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) formula, including a long-sought switch to counting those living with HIV rather than cumulative AIDS. The new formula is phased in over 5 years beginning in FY17. Negotiations are underway now in the Congress to provide a full-year funding bill for FY17. Unless we take action now, HOPWA may be flat funded at $335 million and vulnerable households may lose housing assistance.

HUD has determined that without an additional $21 million for HOPWA for 2017, reduced funding to formula jurisdictions may result in a loss of housing nationwide for more than 3,000 vulnerable low-income households. Twenty-one million dollars would keep HOPWA formula programs whole for year one of the transition to the new formula.

The chart below sets out projections for the State of NEW YORK. Additional FY17 funding for HOPWA would be devoted to avoiding the reductions estimated for the New York City and Syracuse formula jurisdictions and preventing people with HIV/AIDS in those jurisdictions from becoming homeless.


What you can do:
• Call Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand (U.S. Capitol Switchboard (202)225-3121).
• Ask to speak to the staffer who handles housing appropriations.
• Ask that the Senator contact the Chair and Ranking member of the Senate Transportation, HUD and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee and ask that $21 million be added to the HOPWA program for FY17.
• Please let NAHC know the result of your contact at


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