The Chicago Department of Public Health has awarded $6 million to 22 community organizations for housing assistance and support services for people living with HIV and AIDS and their families.
The grants come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The money goes to agencies that offer rental assistance, housing information services or residential facilities. Organizations awarded grants for 2013 include Christian Community Health Center, Pilsen Wellness Center, Housing Opportunities for Women and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.
Public health officials say there are more than 22,000 Chicago residents living with HIV.
The grants are provided by HUD's Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program.
As the deadly epidemic spiraled out of control several weeks ago, a young specialist in infectious disease control working at the Illinois Department of Public Health volunteered to fly to the front line of the fight.