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Senator Murray Announces $950,000 for Seattle-Area Housing Project to Help Those with AIDS/HIV

Jun 20 2001

Funds will provide housing assistance and support services to people with HIV/AIDS and their families

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) announced that the Bailey-Boushay House, a project of Seattle's Virginia Mason Medical Center, will receive $950,000 through the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program. The grant, funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will be used to provide housing assistance and support services such as mental health treatment to individuals with HIV/AIDS and their families. The funds will also be used to enhance clinical and management systems and to develop the capacity to conduct structured evaluations of these services.

"While we address the health care needs of people living with HIV and AIDS, we must also meet their most basic needs," said Murray. "AIDS is a devastating illness. All too frequently, people not only lose their health, they also lose their jobs and income. I know that this funding will help people living with HIV/AIDS to obtain affordable housing."

The Bailey-Boushay House is a nationally recognized care facility offering residential care and day health programs for people living with HIV/AIDS. The program's goal is to maintain and improve the behavioral stability of program participants and residents of the facility, enhancing their ability to obtain medical treatment and live independently in the community. The HOPWA grant is expected to help 600 people over a three year period.

"We are thrilled to receive this funding," said Christine Hurley, Administrator of the Bailey-Boushay House. "This money will really help us to provide an indepth service to people living with HIV and AIDS. By helping to provide housing and support services, we are helping them to maintain independence within the community."

Senator Murray worked to secure and increase funds for HOPWA through her role on the Appropriations Committee.