Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (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 through providing guidance and oversight.
HOPWA funds are awarded as grants from one of three programs:
- HOPWA Competitive Program - HUD generally rates HOPWA projects under a selectrion criteria and awards the highest rated that funding levels allow. States, cities, and local governments and nonprofit organizations may apply for HOPWA Competitive funding.
- The HOPWA Formula Program uses a statutory method to allocate HOPWA funds to eligible States and cities on behalf of their metropolitan areas. HOPWA formula grants are part of the consolidated planning process.
- 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 and 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.