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Help with housing for AIDS/HIV patients

May 1, 2007

Albany - Albany City commissioners want to help homeless people infected with HIV/AIDS find housing. HOPWA, housing opportunities for people with AIDS is a program that will help combat homelessness.

The city has asked the department of Community Affairs to provide $277,000 to the Lowndes County Board of Health to help with boarding of AIDS patients undergoing treatments in the South Health District which includes Albany.

"In Albany, Dougherty County alone, we have about 500 people with the AIDs virus and in a city this size, under 100,000 people, that is entirely too many," said Commissioner Jon Howard.

Medication for people living with HIV/AIDS can cost thousands of dollars a month. Very few people can afford both medicine and housing and must decide between the two in order to survive.

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