The City of Orlando will receive $6.6 million in federal funding to add affordable housing for low-income families, the homeless and people with HIV/AIDS.

U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy announced the funding grants Monday from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

“Orlando is one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation, so access to affordable housing is a serious challenge, especially for more vulnerable populations like those living with HIV or AIDS,” said Murphy, who co-chairs the New Democrat Coalition’s Housing Task Force. “Quality, affordable housing will help strengthen families and make our community stronger by reducing crime and attracting more, better-paying jobs to Central Florida.”

Orlando is receiving $3.7 million under the Housing Opportunities for Persons With HIV/AIDS (HOPWA) program; $1.8 million under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program; $877,000 under the HOME program; and $162,000 under the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program.

“As mayor, I’m committed to ensuring that anyone who wants to live in Orlando, can live in Orlando — regardless of their income,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “Whether it is through upgrading existing housing stock of a neighborhood, supporting social service organizations that provide services for our vulnerable population, or funding neighborhood facilities like health centers, CDBG helps build and strengthen our city.”

HOPWA provides housing assistance and supportive services for low-income persons with HIV/AIDS and their families, enabling them to secure safe and sanitary housing in the private rental market by subsidizing a portion of their monthly rent.

There are approximately 10,000 to 12,000 individuals living with HIV or AIDS in the Orlando metropolitan area, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

CDBG grants help construct quality housing and expand economic opportunities for families with low and moderate incomes. ESG grants help families find permanent housing after they experience a housing crisis or homelessness. HOME grants help fund housing for low-income families.

HUD recently approved $11 million in funding for Orange County, Seminole County and the City of Sanford to improve access to affordable housing and reduce homelessness.

About The Author

The youngest of seven children, Terry O. Roen followed two older brothers into journalism. Her career started as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, where she wrote stories on city and county government, schools, courts and religion. She has also reported for the Associated Press, where she covered the Casey Anthony and Trayvon Martin trials along with the Pulse massacre. Married to her husband, Hal, they have two children and live in Winter Park. A lifelong tourist in her own state, she writes about Central Florida’s growing tourism industry for Florida Politics and Orlando Rising.

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