LOS ANGELES, Calif.–The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today awarded $1.4 million to the Los Angeles County Commission on HIV, which will use the grant to help homeless patients with HIV or AIDS find transitional or permanent housing.

The three-year Special Projects of National Significance grant will allow the commission to lease housing for 208 patients.

Under the terms of the grant, the commission will also create an Integrated HIV/AIDS Housing Plan to streamline social service delivery to HIV patients who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

The commission was one of six groups nationwide to receive a grant out of 46 applicants.

Organizations in Florida, Texas, Massachusetts, Maine and New York received similarly sized awards.

Monies awarded under HUD’s Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program “will allow public agencies, nonprofits and housing authorities to forge new partnerships so that together, we can deliver comprehensive housing solutions and services for low-income families dealing with HIV,” HUD secretary Shaun Donovan said.

He said the grantees “serve as models for others to improve health outcomes and reduce risks of homelessness.”