Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) Program
HOPWA is a Federally-funded program designed to prevent people with AIDS from becoming homeless or to assist them to secure stable housing. The goal is by maintaining stable housing, clients will be more likely to be productive in their communities, and be medication complaint related to HIV.
- Eligibility - At least one member of the household must provide proof of a Symptomatic HIV or AIDS diagnosis and the total household income cannot exceed 80% of the area median income, currently $49,300 per year for a household of four.
- Case Management - HOPWA Funds are to be used as a bridge to self-sufficiency for clients unable to pay their housing and/or utility expenses. All HOPWA assistance is dependent on availability of federal funds to support this program. HOPWA is not an entitlement program nor is it designed to be a long-term solution to housing concerns. The program is designed to provide short-term assistance to assist HIV-infected and affected individual families secure long-term housing which can be sustained through other non-HOPWA funding sources.
- Benefits - Households may receive financial assistance with Transitional Housing, Rent, Mortgage, and Utilities.