HOPWA Formula Program
The HOPWA Formula Program uses a statutorily-mandated method to allocate HOPWA funds to eligible cities on behalf of their metropolitan areas and to eligible States to address the specific needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families.
Metropolitan areas with a population of more than 500,000 and at least 1,500 cumulative AIDS cases are eligible for HOPWA formula grants. In these areas, the largest city serves as the Formula Grant Administrator on behalf of the metropolitan area. States with more than 1,500 cumulative AIDS cases (in areas outside cities eligible to receive HOPWA funds) are also eligible to receive HOPWA formula grants. For a map of 2009 HOPWA eligible formula jurisdictions, view the HOPWA Formula Jurisdictions Map.
Low-income persons (at or below 80 percent of area median income) that are medically diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and their families are eligible to receive HOPWA-funded assistance.
HOPWA funds may be used for a wide range of housing, social services, program planning, and development costs. These include, but are not limited to, the acquisition, rehabilitation, or new construction of housing units; costs for facility operations; rental assistance; and short-term payments to prevent homelessness. An essential component in providing housing assistance for this targeted special needs population is the coordination and delivery of support services. Consequently, HOPWA funds also may be used for services including (but not limited to) assessment and case management, chemical dependency treatment, mental health treatment, nutritional services, job training and placement assistance, and assistance with daily living.
Overview of Formula Allocations
Approximately ninety percent of HOPWA program funds are distributed under a statutory formula that is based on AIDS surveillance information (cumulative AIDS cases and area incidence) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Three quarters of HOPWA formula funding is awarded to qualified States and metropolitan areas with the highest number of AIDS cases. One quarter of the formula funding is awarded to metropolitan areas that have a higher-than-average per capita incidence of AIDS.
Applying for Formula Funds
HOPWA Formula Grants are awarded upon submission and HUD approval of a Consolidated Plan pursuant to the Code of Federal Regulations (24 CFR Part 91), which is published by the Office of the Federal Register. The Consolidated Plan process involves public consultations in assessing area needs, creation of a multiple-year strategy, and development of annual action plans for use of Federal funds in coordination with other community resources. For additional information and resources on the Consolidated Planning process, please visit the following:
The following links provide information on administering HOPWA Formula Program grants: