Dallas gets $1.28M HUD grant for HIV/AIDS

Officials with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development have announced the allocation of nearly $9 million in grants to projects in seven states that provide permanent and transitional housing and support services to people with HIV/AIDS.

Of that total, $1,287,500 will be allocated to the city of Dallas’ Housing and Community Services Department, the only city or agency in Texas to receive one of the seven HUD grants. The money will be used to provide transitional housing support to 60 ex-offenders over the next three years. According to the HUD press release, the Housing and Community Services Department will be working with the city’s Project Reconnect and the Department of Justice’s Second Chance Act in providing the housing and services.

And the city has committed to “creating an Integrated HIV/AIDS Housing Plan through a comprehensive community planning effort that involves 20 local partners operating in the eight county Dallas Metropolitan Statistical Area,” according to HUD. No word yet on whether those partners will include AIDS Services of Dallas, which is located in Oak Cliff and provides housing for as many as 225 men, women and children impacted by HIV/AIDS through 125 units in four complexes.

The largest of the grants, $1,375,000, is going to the Los Angeles County Commission on HIV. The city of Portland, Ore., gets the second-largest total with $1,365,900. River Region Human Services Inc. in Jacksonville, Fla., is getting $1,353,743, and the Corporation for AIDS Research Education and Services Inc. in Albany and Rochester, N.Y., gets $1,344,375.

Dallas is next on the list, followed by Justice Resource Institute Inc. in Boston, which gets $1,223,377. Rounding out the recipient list is the Frannie Peabody Center, a statewide organization in Maine, that is receiving $930,909.

The seven recipients were chosen “through a national HOPWA competition to identify special projects of national significance that will help advance understanding and improve the delivery of housing and care for persons with HIV,” according to HUD.

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Joe Mosca becomes Los Angeles County's 5th openly gay mayor or mayor pro tem

Mayor Joe Mosca and his son Gabrielle
Mayor Joe Mosca and his son Gabrielle

Joe Mosca was named mayor of Sierra Madre in Los Angeles County this week, according to the Pasadena Star-News. Mosca and his partner have a 3-year-old son.

The night of Mosca’s appointment, his parents were visiting from Providence, R.I., a city that also, coincidentally, has a gay mayor, David Cicilline.

Mosca becomes the fifth openly gay mayor or mayor pro tem in Los Angeles County, according to the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund.

The others are Mayor Jeffrey Prang and Mayor Pro Tem John Heilman of West Hollywood, Mayor Mike Gin of Redondo Beach and Mayor Pro Tem Mitch Ward of Manhattan Beach.

—  David Taffet