Sending Office: Honorable Jerrold Nadler
Sent By:
Melissa.Connolly@mail.house.gov

        Request for Signature(s)

Support the HOPWA Program

Sign the letter to the Appropriations Committee

Deadline COB March 15

 

Current Signers: Joyce Beatty, Donald S. Beyer Jr., Earl Blumenauer, Robert A. Brady, Kathy Castor, David Cicilline, Yvette D. Clarke, Steve Cohen, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Gerald E. Connolly, Joe Crowley, Elijah E. Cummings, Danny
K. Davis, John K. Delaney, Rosa L. DeLauro, Mark DeSaulnier, Ted Deutch, Eliot L. Engel, Adriano Espaillat, Elizabeth H. Esty, Marcia L. Fudge, Ruben Gallego, Al Green, Pramila Jayapal, Hakeem Jeffries, Robin L. Kelly, John B. Larson, Barbara Lee, Sander M.
Levin, John Lewis, Zoe Lofgren, Ben Ray Lujan, Stephen F. Lynch, Carolyn B. Maloney, James P. McGovern, Jerrold Nadler , Eleanor Holmes Norton, Jimmy Panetta, Donald M. Payne, Jr. , Scott Peters, Chellie Pingree, Jamie Raskin, Kathleen M. Rice, Lucille Roybal-Allard,
Gregorio Sablan, Linda T. Sanchez, Jan Schakowsky, Adam Schiff, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Albio Sires, Terri A. Sewell, Louise M. Slaughter, Adam Smith, Mark Takano, Marc Veasey, Filemon Vela, Maxine Waters, Tim Walz, and Peter Welch.

Last year’s signers  (94):  Jerrold Nadler, Alma Adams, Joyce Beatty, Donald S. Beyer, Earl Blumenauer, Robert A. Brady, Anthony Brown, G.K. Butterfield, Michael Capuano, Salud Carbajal, Andre Carson, Kathy Castor, Judy
Chu, David Cicilline, Yvette D. Clarke, Wm. Lacy Clay, Emanuel Cleaver II, Steve Cohen, Bonnie Watson Coleman, John Conyers, Jr., Joe Courtney, Joe Crowley, Elijah E. Cummings, Danny K. Davis, Diana DeGette, John K. Delaney, Rosa DeLauro, Mark DeSaulnier,
Ted Deutch, Daniel M. Donovan, Keith Ellison, Elliot Engel, Adriano Espaillat, Elizabeth H. Esty, Marcia L. Fudge, Tulsi Gabbard, Ruben Gallego, Al Green, Raul Grijalva, Michelle Lujan Grisham, Colleen Hanabusa, Alcee Hastings, Denny Heck, Eleanor Holmes Norton,
Pramila Jayapal, Hakeem Jeffries, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Robin L. Kelly, Ro Khanna, John Larson, Brenda L. Lawrence, Al Lawson, Jr., Barbara Lee, Sheila Jackson Lee, Sander M. Levin, John Lewis, Zoe Lofgren, Ben Ray Lujan, Stephen Lynch, Carolyn Maloney, James
P. McGovern, Gregory Meeks, Donald Norcross, Bill Pascrell, Jr., Donald M. Payne, Jr., Scott H. Peters, Chellie Pingree, Stacey E. Plaskett, Mark Pocan, Jared Polis, Mike Quigley, Jamie Raskin, Kathleen M. Rice, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, Bobby Rush, Linda
T. Sanchez, Jan Schakowsky, Adam Schiff, David Scott, Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, Terri Sewell, Albio Sires, Louise M. Slaughter,  Adam Smith, Jackie Speier, Mark Takano, Marc Veasey, Filemon Vela, Nydia Velazquez, Tim Walz, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Maxine Waters,
Peter Welch, and Frederica Wilson.

 

Dear Colleague:

We urge you to support the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program in the FY 2019 Transportation-HUD appropriations bill. Along with the HIV/AIDS community, including the National AIDS Housing Coalition, we ask for a funding level of
$393 million, an $18 million increase over the House-passed FY18 bill, to ensure that as the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) enacts the updated HOPWA formula, no jurisdiction loses funding or leaves current HOPWA residents without supportive
housing.

HOPWA is a national safety net for people battling HIV/AIDS, providing competitive and formula grants to all fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands since 1992. Stable housing, like the housing provided by HOPWA grantees,
leads to better health outcomes for those living with HIV. Inadequately or unstably housed individuals are less likely to access routine medical care and have poorer health outcomes as they rely on emergency and acute care.

This year, we are requesting a funding increase of $18 million to stop funding cuts to the states and cities impacted by the proposed HOPWA formula change. In 2015, Congress updated the formula to reflect how HIV/AIDS has changed over the last three decades.
The new formula shifts more funding to the areas with highest unmet needs, but because the pool of money for HOPWA grants is so small, many jurisdictions will lose funding this year. The additional $18 million will ensure that no jurisdiction loses funding
and no one loses their supportive housing.

If you have any questions, or you would like to sign on to the letter, please contact Melissa Connolly in Rep. Nadler’s office at
melissa.connolly@mail.house.gov, Todd Sloves in Rep. Crowley’s office at
todd.sloves@mail.house.gov, or Danielle Fulfs in Rep. Jayapal’s office at
danielle.fulfs@mail.house.gov.

Sincerely,

                                                                                      

Jerrold Nadler                               Joseph Crowley                          Pramila Jayapal

Member of Congress                     Member of Congress                  Member of Congress

 

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The Honorable Mario Diaz-Balart                              The Honorable David Price

Chairman                                                                     Ranking Member

Subcommittee on Transportation and                         Subcommittee on Transportation and

Housing and Urban Development                               Housing and Urban Development

Committee on Appropriations                                     Committee on Appropriations

440 Cannon House Office Building                           2108 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515                                               Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairman Diaz-Balart and Ranking Member Price:

We write to request that the Committee once again support the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program in the FY2019 Transportation-HUD appropriations bill. Along with the HIV/AIDS community, including the National AIDS Housing Coalition,
we ask for a funding level of $393 million, an $18 million increase above the House-passed FY2018 funding level, to ensure that as the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) continues to implement the updated HOPWA formula, no jurisdiction loses
funding or leaves current HOPWA residents without supportive housing. We urge you to fund this important, highly effective, and bipartisan program.

For 25 years, HOPWA has provided a national safety net for very low-income people living with HIV/AIDS. The program provides competitive and formula grants to all fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Through these
grants, cities and states design and deliver community-based, cost-effective housing and supportive services to people living with HIV/AIDS. HOPWA is critical because housing remains the greatest unmet need for people living with HIV/AIDS. Stable housing,
like the housing provided by HOPWA grantees, leads to better health outcomes for those living with HIV. For people living with HIV, a better health outcome means viral suppression.  An individual who is virally suppressed cannot transmit the HIV virus to another
person, thereby supporting the health of the entire community. Further, HOPWA leverages income from local communities. According to HUD, the HOPWA program leveraged $860,740,678.03 from state and local jurisdictions in the last program year.

We know that HIV does not affect all Americans equally, making the need for HOPWA in certain communities all the more important. Eighty-nine percent of HOPWA funds serve extremely-low to very-low-income households. During the last program year twelve percent
of HOPWA beneficiaries were veterans and another 52% were considered chronically homeless. The program placed 24,103 new individuals into housing while providing housing for 51,359 households.

Over the past three decades the HIV epidemic has undergone a shift from a largely urban epidemic to a silent rural one. To address that change, Congress passed legislation in 2015 to update the formula HOPWA uses to award grants. The change ensures funds
go to communities with the highest need and the highest prevalence of HIV. However, with the new formula, many jurisdictions are poised to lose significant resources, putting housing for thousands of people at risk. The new formula was first implemented in
FY17, and it will continue to be phased in over a five-year period. The additional funding we request this year will ensure that no jurisdiction loses funding under the formula changes for FY19.

Despite its efficiency and effectiveness, HOPWA remains chronically underfunded. The formula change, will only exacerbate the program’s existing lack of funds. We request an increase of $18 million in funding to ensure no one loses their housing in FY 2019.
Maintaining stable and secure housing may be the difference between life and death for many of the families and individuals who rely on HOPWA. We urge you to ensure no one loses their home this year by providing $393 million for FY19.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

_____________________          ________________________           ______________________

        Jerrold Nadler                                 Joe Crowley                                    Pramila Jayapal

 

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