Philadelphia Gay News (04.05.12) - Tuesday, April 10, 2012
The nine-bed Serenity Court at Calcutta House will receive a
three-year, $837,303 grant from the US Department of Housing
and Urban Development (HUD) to continue providing housing
services for Philadelphians living with HIV/AIDS.
Joe Tozzi, director of development and communications at
Calcutta House, said HUD grants have aided Serenity Court
since its construction in 2003 and opening in 2004. The new
award represents a small increase over the previous funding
cycle, he said.
The money will be used to fund operational costs - like
building maintenance, nursing supplies and residents'
transportation - as well as nursing, hospice, and other staff.
Tozzi said HUD's support is "crucial," especially in light of
the possible elimination of a state Department of Public
Welfare grant to Calcutta House. "It's really the main source
of support," he said of the federal funds.
"While we would hope that the epidemic would not be around for
another 25 years, the city's HIV infection rate is five times
the national average, so we hope to still be here serving
those who are in need for another 25 years," Tozzi said.