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Jerrold Nadler

From the office of:

Jerrold Nadler

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

Support Housing for People Living with HIV/AIDS

Sign the FY21 HOPWA Letter

Deadline COB March 13

FY21 Signers (28): Joyce Beatty, Anthony G. Brown, Cheri Bustos, Judy Chu, David Cicilline, Wm. Lacy Clay, Steve Cohen, Ami Bera, M.D., Danny K. Davis, Peter A. DeFazio, Val B. Demmings, Ted Deutch, Adriano Espaillat, Jahana
Hayes, Denny Heck, Steven Horsford, James McGovern, Jimmy Panetta, Donald M. Payne, Jr., Scott H. Peters, Chellie Pingree, Adam B. Schiff, Donna E. Shalala, Albio Sires, Adam Smith, Eric Swalwell, Juan Vargas, Mark Veasey

Last year’s signers  (107): Jerrold Nadler, Pramila Jayapal, Terri Sewell, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Alma S. Adams, PhD., Nanette Diaz Barragán, Karen Bass, Joyce Beatty, Donald S. Beyer Jr., Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici,
Anthony G. Brown, Cheri Bustos, G.K. Butterfield, Salud O. Carbajal, André Carson, Kathy Castor, Judy Chu, David N. Cicilline, Yvette D. Clarke, Wm. Lacy Clay, Emanuel Cleaver, II, Steve Cohen, Gerald E. Connolly, J. Luis Correa, Jim Costa, Joe Courtney, Elijah
E. Cummings, Danny K. Davis, Peter A. DeFazio, Diana DeGette, Rosa DeLauro, Val Butler Demings, Mark DeSaulnier, Theodore E. Deutch, Lloyd Doggett, Eliot L. Engel, Adriano Espaillat, Dwight Evans, Marcia L. Fudge, Tulsi Gabbard, Jenniffer González-Colón, Al
Green, Raúl M. Grijalva,  Debra A. Haaland, Alcee L. Hastings, Jahana Hayes, Denny Heck, Jim Himes, Steven Horsford, Sheila Jackson Lee, Hakeem Jeffries, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr., Robin L. Kelly, Ro Khanna, John B. Larson, Al Lawson,
Jr., Barbara Lee, John Lewis, Ted W. Lieu, Zoe Lofgren, Ben Ray Lujan, Stephen F. Lynch, Carolyn B. Maloney, A. Donald McEachin, James P. McGovern, Gwen Moore, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Ilhan Omar, Frank Pallone, Jr., Jimmy Panetta, Chris Pappas, Donald M. Payne,
Jr., Scott H. Peters, Chellie Pingree, Stacey E. Plaskett, Jamie Raskin, Kathleen M. Rice, Cedric L. Richmond, Harley Rouda, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Bobby L. Rush, Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, Linda T. Sánchez, Jan Schakowsky, Adam B. Schiff, David Scott,
Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, Donna E. Shalala, Albio Sires, Adam Smith, Darren Soto, Jackie Speier, Eric Swalwell, Mark Takano, Bennie G. Thompson, Rashida Tlaib, Juan Vargas, Marc Veasey, Filemon Vela, Nydia M. Velázquez, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Maxine Waters,
Peter Welch, John Yarmuth

Dear Colleague:

We urge you to support the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program in the FY 2021 Transportation-HUD appropriations bill. Along with the HIV/AIDS community, including the National AIDS Housing Coalition, we ask for a funding level of
$430 million, a $20 million increase over FY20 funding level, 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.

This year, we are requesting a funding increase of $20 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 $20 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 Shalini Avasarala in Rep. Nadler’s office at
shalini.avasarala@mail.house.gov.

Sincerely,

Rep. Jerrold Nadler                                                     Rep. Pramila Jayapal 

 

Rep. Terri A. Sewell                                                   Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

 

The Honorable David Price                                                    The Honorable Mario Diaz-Balart

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

2108 Rayburn House Office Building                                    404 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515                                                          Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairman Price and Ranking Member Diaz-Balart:

We write to request that the Committee once again support the Housing Opportunities for Persons with HIV/AIDS (HOPWA) program in the FY2021 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development (THUD) appropriations bill. Along with the HIV/AIDS Community, including
the National AIDS Housing Coalition (NAHC), we ask for a funding level of at least $430 million, a $20 million increase above the FY2020 funding level. Providing at least $430 million in FY2020 will 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 access to supportive housing. We urge you to fund this highly effective, bipartisan program.

The Trump Administration has pledged to end the HIV epidemic in the United States by 2030, and supportive housing must be a critical component of that plan. According to the NAHC, housing is among the strongest predictors of access to treatment and health
outcomes for those living with HIV/AIDS. Unstable housing or homelessness is linked to late or limited access to care, higher viral loads, increased hospitalizations, and premature death. But linking individuals living with HIV/AIDS to stable, supportive housing
is directly linked to decreased viral load, lack of co-infection with Hepatitis-C or Tuberculosis, and reduced mortality. Eighty-four percent of unstably housed people who are linked with supportive housing, remain stably housed 18 months later and see an
80 percent reduction in mortality from AIDS and a 57 percent reduction in hospitalizations.

For 28 years, HOPWA has provided a national safety net for low-income people living with HIV/AIDS. All 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands all receive competitive and formula grants to design and deliver community-based,
cost-effective housing and supportive services to people living with HIV/AIDS. Stable housing, like the housing provided through the HOPWA program leads to better health outcomes for individuals living with HIV/AIDS.

In 2015, Congress recognized that the original HOPWA formula no longer reflected the current HIV epidemic and passed a new formula to award grants that better reflected where the disease was growing. However, the new formula left many jurisdictions poised
to lose significant resources. Over the last two fiscal years, the Appropriations Committee has provided adequate funding to hold every jurisdiction harmless and ensure no one loses benefits. Funding HOPWA with at least $430 million this year will continue
that pattern. HOPWA remains chronically underfunded. A recent eligibility study by HUD demonstrated that to provide housing for every single individual eligible for HOPWA would require $3.3 billion. This small increase will not address the long waitlist or
the needs for improvements and updates to the program, but it will ensure that no jurisdiction will lose funding this year and no families living with HIV/AIDS will lose their home.

While we look forward to working towards full funding of this efficient, effective program, providing at least $430 million in FY2021 is imperative to keep the program functioning as Congress intended. 

Sincerely,

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