Programs of HUD: Major Mortgage, Grant, Assistance, and Regulatory Programs 2018, The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Programs of HUD: Major Mortgage, Grant, Assistance, and Regulatory Programs 2018
Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA)
Formula grants to states and units of general local government, and competitively awarded grants
to states, units of general local government, and nonprofit organizations to provide housing
assistance and related supportive services to meet the housing needs of low-income persons
living with HIV/AIDS and their families. These resources help clients maintain housing stability,
avoid homelessness, and improve access to HIV/AIDS treatment and related care.
Nature of Program: The HOPWA program provides states and localities with resources and
incentives to devise long-term comprehensive strategies for meeting the housing needs of lowincome persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families. By providing housing assistance and
related services, the HOPWA program contributes to housing stability, reduces risks of
homelessness, improves health outcomes through increased access to care, and prevents
transmission of HIV. A person and the person's family is eligible for HOPWA assistance if the
person is low-income and has been diagnosed with HIV or AIDS.
Grants may be used to assist various forms of housing, including permanent, emergency, and
transitional housing, shared housing arrangements, community residences, and single room
occupancy dwellings (SROs). Appropriate supportive services must be provided as part of any
HOPWA-assisted housing. Eligible grant activities include housing information services,
resource identification; acquisition, rehabilitation, conversion, lease, and repair of facilities to
provide housing and services; new construction (for SROs and community residences only);
project- or tenant-based rental assistance, including assistance for shared housing arrangements;
short-term rent, mortgage, and utility payments; operating costs for housing; technical assistance
for community residences; administrative expenses; and supportive services.
Applicant Eligibility: Formula – States and units of general local government, as defined at 24
CFR 574.3. Competitive – States, units of general local government, and nonprofit organizations.
Funding Distribution: Ninety percent of HOPWA funds go toward formula grants to States and
localities in eligible Metropolitan Statistical Areas, based on the number of persons living with
HIV/AIDS, fair market rents, and poverty data. The other 10 percent of HOPWA funds go
toward competitive grants, including HOPWA permanent supportive housing renewal grants.
Legal Authority: The AIDS Housing Opportunity Act, Subtitle D of Title VIII of the CranstonGonzalez National Affordable Housing Act (42 U.S.C. 12901 et seq.).
Regulations are at 24 CFR part 574.
Information Sources: Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development, Office of
HIV/AIDS Housing, and local HUD field offices.