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Foundations for Living

Foundations for Living (FFL) is identified by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a Special Project of National Significance (SPNS) because it serves as an effective model to address the needs of underserved populations.  HUD’s Office of HIV/AIDS Housing manages the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program, and FFL is an ambitious housing and employment initiative that not only serves HUD but all entities involved as a platform for change regarding public policy, HIV/AIDS case management, and the overall perception of the needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA).

FFL’s Goals:

  • Provide direct housing assistance and pre-vocational services to low-income PLWHA.
  • Facilitate vocational rehabilitation and employment services to low-income PLWHA.
  • Establish and maintain housing stability through comprehensive planning and coordination of local resources to meet the housing and employment needs of PLWHA.
  • Utilize housing and employment as a platform to increase health and quality of life outcomes for PLWHA.
  • Promote self-sufficiency of program participants to reduce or eliminate their need for housing supports.

FFL Project Implementation

HUD’s Office of HIV/AIDS Housing, as part of their Integrated HIV/AIDS Housing Plan Initiative, awarded seven new competitive grants which combine housing support with a community planning component to effect change in service delivery to PLWHA. CARES’ FFL project was one of the seven initiatives nationwide awarded the grant, and received the funds in 2011. CARES has not only instituted the systems required to fulfill HUD regulations, but also has established partnerships with grant sponsors and other strategic members of the community who serve the population. The FFL project was implemented in two service areas:  New York’s Capital Region including Albany, Rensselaer, and Schenectady Counties, and Monroe County including the City of Rochester.

CARES works with the Albany Damien Center in the Capital Region, and Catholic Charities Community Services in Rochester.  Through these partnerships, and in collaboration with their respective communities, FFL advances the understanding and improves service delivery of housing and employment services for PLWHA.  The project’s rigorous evaluation plan incorporates continuous quality improvement, outcome evaluation,  strategic partnerships, and is included in HUD’s Integrated HIV/AIDS Housing Plan.

In the News…

  • In 2012, CARES is awarded a $1.34 Million three-year grant for Foundations for Living as part of HUD’s Special Projects of National Significance to Improve Housing and Services for Families and Individuals Living with AIDS. Grants provided by HUD’s Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program.
  • CARES’ Foundations for Living Project staff and partners and the National Working Positive Coalition developed an Affiliated Independent Event for the International Conference on AIDS, AIDS 2012, that was presented on July 28, 2012 to local, national and international service providers, researchers, government officials, policy makers and advocates, and PLWHA.  The audience discussed best service delivery practices and research findings regarding the employment needs and experiences of people living with HIV/AIDS.
  • Foundations for Living was featured in a seminar at the US Conference on AIDS on October 2, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The seminar: Strengthening Connections between HIV/AIDS Housing and Vocational- Employment Services: Collaborative Panel Discussions Among and Between Housing, Supportive and Clinical Service Providers and Government Program/Policy Experts and Vocational Rehabilitation Researchers included a presentation of the FFL model.

For more information on how to become part of this exciting, innovative project, contact the CARES Albany Office at 518-489-4130 or the Rochester office at 585-414-2215.

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