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BAMBERG - The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has announced that some Bamberg County residents are eligible for services through the Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS program. The HOPWA program is funded by Housing and Urban Development.

HopeHealth Edisto in Orangeburg is the awarded contractor for Bamberg County residents. The grant funding is currently available, and the services will be provided through March 31, 2019. The HOPWA program was established to provide housing assistance and supportive services for low-income persons with AIDS and their families. The goal of the program is to prevent homelessness and to strengthen housing stability.

Services available include short-term rental, permanent housing placement and budget counseling. Eligible Bamberg County residents must be low-income (at or below 80 percent of area/local median income) and be medically diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.

For more information on the services available to eligible Bamberg County residents, contact HopeHealth Edisto Site Director Amber Maley, 803-535-2272.

Evidence suggests that housing assistance is an effective public health intervention for homeless and unstably-housed persons with HIV/AIDS. These services will improve the health outcomes and quality of life for Bamberg residents living with HIV/AIDs.

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