Fisher Announces Grants For Persons With Aids

Fisher Announces Grants For Persons With Aids

$1 Million in Housing Assistance Awarded

Columbus, OH – December 26, 2007Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher today announced that six Ohio nonprofit organizations will receive grants totaling $1,051,000 to provide housing-related assistance to 1,657 households with a family member suffering from Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). The grants will be awarded through the Fiscal Year 2007 Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS Program, which is administered by the Ohio Department of Development. “When Ohioans are faced with life-altering diseases, such as AIDS, it is imperative that assistance is provided to ensure their safety and well-being,” said Lt. Governor Lee Fisher, who also serves as Director of the Ohio Department of Development. “The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program allows the State to provide direct assistance toward the housing needs for individuals with and families affected by this disease.”The nonprofit organizations receiving assistance include:

AIDS Resource Center, located in Montgomery County, will receive a $655,700 grant to assist persons living with AIDS in the cities of Dayton, Lima, Mansfield, Marion, and Toledo, as well as the surrounding counties. The funds will enable the award recipient to provide rental, mortgage, and utility assistance to 470 households and supportive services to 720 households.

Area Agency on Aging District 7, Incorporated, located in Gallia County, will receive a $40,500 grant to assist persons living with AIDS in Fayette, Gallia, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, and Scioto counties. The funds will enable the award recipient to provide rental, mortgage, and utility assistance to 35 households, supportive services to 10 households, and housing information to 49 households.

Athens AIDS Task Force, located in Athens County, will receive a $57,800 grant to assist persons living with AIDS in Athens, Belmont, Coshocton, Guernsey, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Vinton, and Washington Counties. The funds will enable the award recipient to provide rental, mortgage and utility assistance to 50 households and supportive services to five households.

Community AIDS Network, located in Summit County, will receive a $159,900 grant to assist persons living with AIDS in Portage and Summit counties. The funds will enable the award recipient to provide rental assistance to 60 households and operate two community residences to assist 30 households.

Community Services of Stark County, located in Stark County, will receive a $50,000 grant to assist persons living with AIDS in Carroll, Harrison, Holmes, Stark, Tuscarawas, and Wayne counties. The funds will enable the award recipient to provide rental assistance to 45 households and provide supportive services to 10 households.

Meridian Services, Incorporated, located in Mahoning County, will receive an $87,100 grant to assist persons living with AIDS in Ashtabula, Columbiana, Jefferson, Mahoning, and Trumbull counties. The funds will enable the award recipient to provide rental, mortgage, and utility assistance to 148 households and supportive services to 25 households.

The Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS Program provides eligible nonprofit organizations and local governments with funds to devise long-term, comprehensive strategies to meet the housing and supportive service needs of persons with AIDS. Applications are reviewed based on need, program design, coordination, financial management, and administrative capacity.

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