Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Fact Sheet

This fact sheet provides an overview of important information related to the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program. For more detailed guidance, please select Additional Information.

Purpose
Beneficiaries
Program Funding
Eligible Activities
Requirements and Responsibilities
Availability
Additional Information

Purpose

The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program provides grants for projects that benefit low-income persons medically diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. It is the only Federal program dedicated to the housing needs of people living with HIV/AIDS.

Beneficiaries

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.

Program Funding

HOPWA provides funding through a formula program as well as a competitive program that has different types of grant projects. The annual HOPWA appropriation is divided between the two programs – 90 percent for formula program grants and 10 percent for competitive program grants.

Formula Program

Eligible applicants include metropolitan areas with more than 500,000 people and at least 1,500 AIDS cases and States with more than 1,500 AIDS cases outside of eligible metropolitan areas. Awards are contingent upon the submission and approval by HUD of a jurisdiction's Consolidated Plan.

Competitive Program

Eligible applicants include States, local governments, and nonprofit organizations. Awards are based on competitive applications, with priority given to the renewal of expiring permanent supportive housing project grants.

In 2011, funding was made available for a new projects competition that resulted in the award of seven grants under the Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) Program. Each grantee will create an Integrated HIV/AIDS Housing Plan (IHHP) that ideally can be a model for community-wide system changes in service delivery for low-income HIV positive individuals and their families in other grantee communities.

Eligible Activities

Grantees and project sponsors may use HOPWA funds for housing assistance, including the acquisition, rehabilitation, or new construction of housing units; costs for facility operations; rental assistance; and short-term payments to prevent homelessness. HOPWA funds may also be used for supportive services, such as mental health services, substance abuse treatment and counseling, transportation, nutritional services, and case management. The program also fosters planning and coordination of housing resources for this vulnerable population.

Requirements and Responsibilities

Formula and competitive grantees are required to submit their completed APR and CAPER, respectively, no later than 90 days after the close of their program year, as per 24 CFR 91.520. Throughout the year, they are also expected to fulfill their oversight and monitoring responsibilities and work collaboratively with project sponsors and recipients to manage resources and meet program goals.

Availability

HOPWA formula grants are awarded to eligible States and cities on behalf of their metropolitan areas 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. HOPWA competitive program grants are awarded to eligible applicants through the NOFA process, although in some years, funds are available only for renewal projects.

Additional Information

For more detailed information about the HOPWA program, please visit the following sources:

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