HOPWA Spotlight

New CPD Income Eligibility Calculator

HUD launched the CPD Income Eligibility Calculator, a new tool to help CPD grantees, including HOPWA grantees, to determine income eligibility and assistance amounts for beneficiaries of CPD programs. For more information about the tool, visit the OneCPD Resource Exchange.

2011 IHHP Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) Program and Grantees

In response to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy's call for greater access to care through collaborations between federal and community plans, the Office of HIV/AIDS Housing announced seven new competitive grants that will become models of integration over the next few years. The grants combine housing support with a community planning component in an effort to make community wide system changes in service delivery for the low-income HIV positive individuals in the grantee communities. They will all create an Integrated HIV/AIDS Housing Plan (IHHP) at the end of their three years that will be made public and will hopefully be a tool for other communities that are interested in starting similar programs. The IHHPs will document the lessons learned, successes and challenges, partners, and changes in service delivery that happen over the three years of the grant.

Read about the HOPWA grantees and projects funded under this new competitive program below.

Collaborative for Housing Integrated with Supportive Services (CHISS), Los Angeles County Commission on HIV

In 2011 as the lead agency for a partnership with the City and County agencies, the Los Angeles County Commission on HIV was selected by HUD as the grantee for a HOPWA competitive Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) grant. The award provides $1,375,000 for housing assistance and service coordination for persons with HIV, targeted to persons not previously connected to care and for newly-diagnosed persons with HIV and their families in Los Angeles, CA who are homeless or have risks of homelessness. The Collaborative for Housing Integrated with Supportive Services (CHISS) project is a multiparty cross-program effort to ensure better coordination for housing, health care, and other services for PLWHA.
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JRI Health Youth Housing Initiative, Justice Resource Institute

JRI's 2011 HOPWA competitive Special Projects of National Significance program, JRI Health Youth Housing Initiative, will bring $1,223,388 to this hard to serve population. The JRI Health Housing Initiative will oversee the effort to provide scattered site tenant based housing rental assistance and supportive services to 20 homeless youth who are living with HIV in the Boston area.
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Maine Integrated HIV/AIDS Housing Plan, Frannie Peabody Center

The Frannie Peabody Center in Portland, Maine was awarded a 2011 HOPWA competitive Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) grant in the amount of $930,909 for their Maine Integrated HIV/AIDS Housing Plan. The Frannie Peabody Center will partner with four local Public Housing Authorities to move eligible PLWHAs from HOPWA Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) to Housing Choice Vouchers.
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Springboard to Stability, Self-Sufficiency and Health Program, Portland Housing Bureau

The Portland Housing Bureau's Springboard to Stability, Self-Sufficiency and Health (S4H) Program was awarded $1,365,900 to serve those who are homeless or at risk of being homeless in the Portland, Oregon area. The program targets people living with HIV/AIDS who are homeless or at risk of being homeless by combining emergency and short-term housing assistance into one pooled fund to provide a continuum of eviction prevention, rapid re-housing and housing retention services.
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Foundations for Living Project, The Corporation for AIDS Research, Education, and Services, Inc. (CARES)

The Corporation for AIDS Research, Education, and Services, Inc. (CARES) has been awarded a 2011 HOPWA competitive Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) grant of $1,344,375 to provide permanent housing, linkages to critical supportive services, and comprehensive planning and coordination activities in the cities of Albany and Rochester, NY. The Foundations for Living Project will provide 60 clients with tenant-based rental assistance and assist an additional 15 clients with permanent housing placement activities to foster housing stability.
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Ex-Offender Housing and IHHP Planning Project, City of Dallas, Texas

The City of Dallas Housing/Community Services Department was awarded a 2011 HOPWA Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) grant of $1,287,500 to provide transitional housing support to 60 ex-offenders over the three year grant period. The Ex-Offender Housing and IHHP Planning Project will also provide supportive services through the City of Dallas's Project Reconnect Program and by the Department of Justice's Second Chance Act to support clients on the path to permanent housing and self-sufficiency.
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Forging Useful Systems to Empower (FUSE) Project, River Region Human Services, Inc.

In 2011, River Region Human Services, Inc. (RRHS) was awarded a HOPWA competitive Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) grant in the amount of $1,353,743 to provide tenant based rental assistance and coordinated linkages to comprehensive supportive services for 40 households headed by homeless persons living with HIV/AIDS in the Jacksonville, FL metropolitan area. The Forging Useful Systems to Empower (FUSE) Project will provide housing assistance to clients through a partnership with Ability Housing of Northeast Florida, Inc.
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