Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS
To provide States and localities with the resources and incentives to advance the National HIV/AIDS Strategy by devising long-term comprehensive strategies for meeting the supportive housing needs of low-income persons and their families living with HIV/AIDS in order to prevent homeless and sustain housing stability for HOPWA program beneficiaries.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
Office: Office of Community Planning and Development
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Formula Grants; Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2014: 50,090 households received housing assistance. Fiscal Year 2015: It is estimated that 52,600 households will receive housing assistance and 115,396 will receive supportive services. Fiscal Year 2016: Not Available.
AIDS Housing Opportunity Act, 42 U.S.C. 12901 et seq., Title 24, Part 574.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
HOPWA offers two types of awards:
(1) Formula entitlement grants: Eligible states and qualifying cities, as defined in 24 CFR 574.3, qualifying for formula allocation under HOPWA.
(2) Competitive grants: (a) States, units of local governments and nonprofit organizations for special projects of national significance; (b) States and units of local government that do not qualify for HOPWA formula allocations under the category of long-term grants; and (c) Nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for projects of national significance as a grantee, but may also serve as a project sponsor under any competitive or formula grantees.
Additional applicant eligibility may apply depending on the competitive grant opportunity. As required by the Appropriations Acts, HUD gives priority to the renewal of expiring permanent supportive housing projects. When funding is available for new competitive grants, such as the VAWA/HOPWA Project Demonstration NOFA (FR-5900-N-11), there may be additional requirements for applicant eligibility.
Eligible beneficiaries are low income (at or below 80% the area median income) persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families.
Recipients must certify they will meet program requirements and applicable federal requirements. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. (1) Formula entitlement grants: All HOPWA formula grantees must submit a Consolidated Plan and an Annual Action Plan that includes a comprehensive AIDS housing strategy that identifies and outlines how a community has identified local housing needs and how these federal resources will be targeted to address these local priorities. The Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan requirements are applicable for each of HUD's Community Planning and Development program, including HOPWA.
(2) Competitive grants:
a. Expiring permanent supportive housing renewal grants are published through a HUD Notice that is issued annually (HUD's Appropriations Acts authorizes the Secretary to renew all expiring contracts for permanent supportive housing that were funded under section 854(c)(3) of AIDS Housing Act that meet all program requirements before awarding funds for new competitive grant applications).
b. Funding announcements for new HOPWA competitive grants are published on grants.gov. Applications may be submitted electronically when new competitive HOPWA funding opportunities become available. The most recent competitive announcement was the VAWA/HOPWA Project Demonstration NOFA (FR-5900-N-11) published August 24, 2015. The HUD General Section and published NOFA detail submission requirements.
(1) Formula entitlement grants: The HUD field office reviews the grantee's Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan and, upon plan approval, notifies the applicant of the award and prepares the grant agreement. (2) Competitive grants: Based upon the requirements published in the Renewal Notice or NOFA, respondents are notified of acceptance or rejection.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
(1) Formula entitlement grants: Each jurisdiction should submit its consolidated plan to HUD at least 45 days before the start of its program year. In no event will HUD accept a submission earlier than November 15 or later than August 16 of the federal fiscal year for which the grant funds are appropriated.
The plan will be deemed approved 45 days after HUD receives the plan, unless before that date HUD has notified the jurisdiction that the plan is disapproved. If the plan is disapproved, the jurisdiction may revise or resubmit a plan within 45 days after the first notification of disapproval. HUD must respond to approve or disapprove the plan within 30 days of receiving the revisions or resubmission. (2) Competitive Grants: Depending on the published Renewal Notice or NOFA, from 30 to 120 days.
HUD issues an annual Notice that solicits applications for expiring permanent supportive housing renewal grant applications. Application deadlines vary during the fiscal year.
How are proposals selected?
For formula entitlement grants, the grantee's Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan are reviewed according to criteria set forth in 24 CFR 91.
For competitive grants, applications are reviewed according to the rating factor requirements set forth in the renewal Notice or NOFA.
How may assistance be used?
HOPWA program activities focus on establishing stable housing, reducing risk of homelessness, and improving access to healthcare and supportive services. Housing assistance is provided in the form of permanent supportive housing which includes tenant-based (scattered site) and facility-based (subsidized payment on a specific building, unit, or project) rental assistance or through transitional and short-term housing assistance. Grantees and project sponsors may use HOPWA funds to provide for any of the following eligible activities, subject to certain standards and limitations provided in the regulations: 1) acquisition, rehabilitation, conversion, lease, and repair of facilities to provide housing and services; (2) new construction (for single room occupancy (SRO) dwellings and community residences only); (3) operating costs for housing facilities (project based rental assistance), including maintenance, security, operation, insurance, utilities, furnishings, equipment, supplies, and other incidental costs; (4) tenant-based rental assistance, including assistance for shared housing arrangements; (5) short-term rent, mortgage, and utility payments to prevent homelessness; (6) permanent housing placement to assist beneficiaries receiving rental assistance with the security deposits, first month’s rent and utility hook-up costs; (7) housing information services including, but not limited to, counseling, information, and referral services to assist eligible individuals and their families locate, acquire, finance, and maintain housing; (8) resource identification to establish, coordinate and develop housing assistance resources; (9) supportive services and case management including, mental health, drug and alcohol abuse treatment and counseling, day care, nutritional services, etc.; (10) technical assistance in establishing and operating a community residence, including planning and other pre-development or pre-construction expenses; and (11) administrative costs for general management, oversight, coordination, evaluation and reporting on eligible activities (grantees can use not more than three percent of the grant amount for their administrative expenses and project sponsors can use not more than seven percent of their grant award). Program beneficiaries must be low-income and living with HIV/AIDS.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
HOPWA formula and competitive grantees are required to submit annual performance reports. Formula grantees are required to submit a Consolidated Plan and an Annual Action Plan that outlines how HOPWA program resources are to be targeted to address the housing needs of individuals and their families living with HIV/AIDS. The Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) is required of formula grantees and provides annual performance reporting on households served that enables an assessment of grantee performance in promoting the housing stability of program beneficiaries. The CAPER, in conjunction with the Integrated Disbursement Information System (IDIS), fulfills statutory and regulatory program reporting requirements. No cash reports are required. The Annual Progress Report (APR) is required of competitive grantees and provides more detailed annual reporting on households served that enables an assessment of grantee performance in promoting the housing stability of program beneficiaries. In FY2015, all competitive grantees will use IDIS for financial transactions and reporting program activities. Competitive grantees will continue dual reporting in both IDIS for financial transactions, and submit a paper based APR. Expenditure reports are not applicable. HUD field offices conduct annual risk assessments of all program grantees to identify and target program compliance monitoring to be conducted during the federal fiscal year.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
HOPWA grantees must ensure that program records are maintained for a four-year period to document compliance with program requirements. Grantees must maintain current and accurate data on the race and ethnicity of program participants.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Chapter 24, Part 574.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grant funds should be expended in a timely manner or may be subject to deobligation. Grant funding should be expended within a three-year period from the date of the executed grant agreement. Program requirements provide competitive grants with the allowance of a one year extension, if approved by HUD. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None. Designated Community Planning and Development staff in HUD Headquarters and in local field offices as listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
William Rudy 451 7th Street, SW Room 7248, Washington, District of Columbia 20410 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 202-402-1934 Fax: 202-402-9313
(Formula Grants) FY 14 $330,000,000; FY 15 est $330,000,000; and FY 16 est $332,000,000 - Total HOPWA funding (90% Formula Entitlement and 10% Competitive).
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
HOPWA formula grant awards:
In FY2015, the 138 HOPWA formula grantees received an estimated average award amount of $2,167,883.
HOPWA competitive grant awards:
In FY2015, the 28 eligible permanent supportive housing renewal grants received an average award amount of $1,170,818.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Final Rule at 24 CFR 574, as amended; and Consolidated Plan Final Rule at 24 CFR part 91.
Examples of Funded Projects