Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program

Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program

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About The HOPWA Program

HUD's Office of HIV/AIDS Housing manages the HOPWA program in collaboration with 44 state and area CPD offices in providing guidance and program oversight. The Office works with other HUD offices to ensure that all HUD programs and initiatives are responsive to the special needs of people with HIV/AIDS. One of the primary functions of the Office is to administer the Housing Opportunities for Persons with HIV/AIDS (HOPWA) program.

The HOPWA Program was established by HUD to address the specific needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families. HOPWA makes grants to local communities, States, and nonprofit organizations for projects that benefit low income persons medically diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and their families.

HOPWA Programs

HOPWA funds are awarded as grants from one of three programs:

* The HOPWA Formula Program uses a statutory method to allocate HOPWA funds to eligible States and cities on behalf of their metropolitan areas.

* The HOPWA Competitive Program is a national competition to select model projects or programs.

* The HOPWA National Technical Assistance Funding awards are provided to strengthen the management, operation, and capacity of HOPWA grantees, project sponsors, and potential applicants of HOPWA funding.

HOPWA funding provides housing assistance and related supportive services as part of HUDís Consolidated Planning initiative that works in partnership with communities and neighborhoods in managing Federal funds appropriated to HIV/AIDS programs. HOPWA grantees are encouraged to develop community-wide strategies and form partnerships with area nonprofit organizations.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. HOPWA funds also may be used for health care and mental health services, chemical dependency treatment, nutritional services, case management, assistance with daily living, and other supportive services.

Many beneficiaries receive supportive services that are funded by HOPWA or other related public and private programs. In fact, states and cities leverage approximately two dollars for every one dollar provided by the HOPWA program.

The Background

Since the beginning of the HOPWA program in 1992, the Federal government has made available over $ 2.3 billion in HOPWA funds to support community efforts to create and operate HIV/AIDS housing initiatives. HUD estimates that the FY2004 HOPWA appropriation of $294.75 million will provide housing assistance to about 73,700 households. This number includes family members who reside with the persons living with HIV/AIDS. More than half of those units (approximately 45,000) will involve clients who receive small, short-term payments to prevent homelessness. An additional 25,000 units will involve ongoing rental assistance payments. Approximately 5,000 units in supportive housing facilities, single room occupancy (SRO) dwellings, or community residences also will be developed or operated with HOPWA funds.

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