Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)
The County of San Diego Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) administers the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program, a federal housing program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Established in 1992, the HOPWA Program is designed to provide States and localities with resources and incentives to devise long-term comprehensive strategies for meeting the housing and housing-related support service needs of low-income persons living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) or related diseases and their families. Housing and service providers compete for these funds through a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) application process. The NOFA is made available contingent on the availability of funds from HUD.
The planning process for the HOPWA Program encourages community participation and input through consumer and provider surveys, focus groups, and one-to-one interviews. Additionally, the community has the opportunity to participate through the HIV Housing Committee, which serves as an advisory body to HCD.
Programs funded through the HOPWA Program must be housing related and funding is prioritized as follows:
activities which provide affordable housing for low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families;
activities which enable low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families to become housed;
services needed to enable low-income HIV/AIDS clients to remain housed, locate housing, and prevent homelessness.
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