Housing grant to help people with AIDS

COLULMBUS -- Lt. Gov. Bruce Johnson announced that six Ohio nonprofit organizations, including one in Mahoning County, will receive more than $1 million to assist people with AIDS and their families with housing expenses.
Meridian Services Inc. in Mahoning County will receive a $123,000 grant to provide rental, mortgage or utility assistance to 60 households and supportive services to 13 households; and operating funds will support seven households in Columbiana, Mahoning, Jefferson and Trumbull Counties.
"This assistance will help to ease some of the financial concerns of Ohioans who suffer from this disease by allowing these individuals to secure affordable housing," said Johnson, who also serves as director of the Ohio Department of Development.
The grant funds will be awarded through the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program, administered by the Ohio Department of Development. Award recipients will use the funds to provide rental, mortgage and utility assistance; operate community residences; and provide case management and related services to assist more than 1,075 households.

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