Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS


To provide States, units of general local governments, or nonprofit organizations and localities with the resources and incentives to devise 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 homelessness and sustain housing stability for HOPWA program beneficiaries.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Assistant Secretary For Community Planning and Development, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants; B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 It is estimated that 47,441 households will receive housing assistance and 101,390 will receive supportive services. In FY16, 53,108 households received housing assistance and 106,415 received supportive services.
Fiscal Year 2017 In FY17, an estimated 52,00 households will receive housing assistance and 104,000 will receive supportive services.
Fiscal Year 2018 In FY18, 50,310 households received housing assistance and 103,249 received supportive services.
Fiscal Year 2019 In FY19, It is estimated that 50,100 households will receive housing assistance and 103,000 will receive supportive services.
Fiscal Year 2022 Formula and competitive HOPWA funds provided housing subsidy assistance to a total of 45,740 households in FY22. This includes 22,656 in permanent housing including Tenant-based Rent Assistance. 17,958 households received Short Term Rent Mortgage and Utility assistance. Additionally, 106,611 households received HOPWA-funded supportive services in FY22.
AIDS Housing Opportunity Act, 42 U.S.C. 12901 et seq., Title 24, Part 574
The AIDS Housing Opportunity Act was signed in 1992 and established the HOPWA program.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Formula Program: Eligible applicants include cities that are the most populous unit of general local government in metropolitan statistical areas with more than 500,000 people and at least 2,000 HIV/AIDS cases and States with more than 2,000 HIV/AIDS cases outside of eligible metropolitan statistical areas. Awards are contingent upon the submission and approval by HUD of a jurisdiction's Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan. Competitive Program: Eligible applicants include States, units of general local government, and nonprofit organizations. Additional applicant eligibility may apply depending on the competitive grant opportunity. Awards are based on competitive applications, with priority given by congressional authority to the renewal or replacement of expiring permanent supportive housing project grants. If funds remain after the renewal/replacement process, they are distributed under a Notice of Funding Opportunity. Typically, competitive funding is available for two types of projects: 1) Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS): Due to their innovative nature or their potential for replication, SPNS projects are likely to serve as effective models in addressing the needs of eligible persons. These projects included grants that target assistance to underserved populations. 2) New Long-Term Projects: These projects provide housing and services for eligible persons in areas of the nation that did not qualify for HOPWA formula allocations. Nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply as competitive grantees, but may also serve as a project sponsor (subrecipient) under any competitive or formula grant.
Beneficiary Eligibility
There are two basic elements of HOPWA eligibility: o Family has a least one person living with HIV/AIDS. This includes families where the only eligible person is a minor. Medical verification of status is required; and o Total household income is less than 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI), as defined by HUD. A person living with HIV/AIDS or a family member regardless of income is eligible to receive HOPWA housing information services. Any person living in proximity to a community residence is eligible to participate in that residence's community outreach and educational activities regarding HIV/AIDS.
Grantees must certify they meet program requirements and applicable federal requirements. Grantees and project sponsors must comply with 2 CFR Part 200.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate, for pre-application coordination details.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 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 programs, including HOPWA. (2) Competitive grants: a. Requirements for renewing or replacing expiring permanent supportive housing grants are published through a HUD Notice that is issued annually (HUD's Appropriations Acts authorizes the Secretary to renew or replace all expiring contracts for permanent supportive housing that initially were funded under section 854(c)(3) of AIDS Housing Act from funds made available in FY2010 and prior fiscal years 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 FR-6400-N-11 Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) Competitive Grant: Housing as an Intervention to Fight AIDS published on April 14, 2021.
Award Procedure
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 requirements set forth in the renewal/replacement Notice (for expiring permanent supportive housing grants) or NOFO rating factors (for new competitive grants).
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
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 requirements set forth in the renewal/replacement Notice (for expiring permanent supportive housing grants) or NOFO rating factors (for new competitive grants).
Not applicable.
HUD issues an annual Notice that solicits applications for expiring permanent supportive housing renewal or replacement grant applications. Application deadlines vary during the fiscal year. The Performance Grant Agreement establishes a three-year period of performance that starts when the grant agreement is signed and ends three years thereafter. If a HOPWA grant is nearing expiration and grant funds remain unexpended, grantees may request and receive HUD approval for a twelve-month grant extension from the end of the period of performance indicated in the executed Performance Grant Agreement.
How are proposals selected?
(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 renewal/replacement grants: HUD publishes a renewal/replace Notice for eligible expiring permanent supportive housing grants annually. Eligible applicants are named in the Notice and must complete all submission requirement outlined in the Notice to receive funding. (3) Competitive grants awarded under a NOFO process: All application submission requirements are outlined in the NOFO. All submitted applications must include all required forms and narrative responses to the rating factors as described in the funding announcement.
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 housing which includes tenant-based (scattered site) and facility-based (subsidized payment on a specific building, unit, or project) rental assistance, or through transitional or 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, 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 with security deposits, first month’s rent and utility hook-up costs, and other housing placement costs; (7) housing information services including, but not limited to, counseling, information, and referral services to assist eligible individuals and their families to locate, acquire, finance, and maintain housing; (8) resource identification to establish, coordinate and develop housing assistance resources; (9) supportive services including case management, mental health services, drug and alcohol abuse treatment and counseling, day care, nutritional services, transportation, employment training, benefits counseling, 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 (generally grantees cannot use 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). The supplemental HOPWA grant funds authorized under the CARES Act are to be used as additional funding to maintain operations, and for rental assistance, supportive services, and other necessary actions, in order to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: HOPWA formula and competitive grantees are required to submit annual performance reports on grant expenditures, activities undertaken, program accomplishments, and beneficiary outcomes related to housing stability; homelessness prevention, and access to care and support. HOPWA formula and competitive grantees must complete and submit the HUD-4155 “Consolidated APR/CAPER” (OMB number 2506-0133). Both formula and competitive grantees are required to submit their completed HUD-4155 no later than 90 days after the close of their program or operating year. Competitive grantees have 120 days after the end of their grants' last period of performance to submit the final HUD-4155.
Not applicable.
HOPWA grantees must maintain and make available to HUD for inspection financial records sufficient to ensure proper accounting and disbursing of grant amounts received. HOPWA grantees must follow recordkeeping requirements at 24 CFR 574 and formula grants must also adhere to the 24 CFR 91 recordkeeping regulations..
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title 24 Chapter 5 Subpart A-G No additional info.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
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. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: grant agreement and letter. Not less than once every 90 calendar days, starting from the Period of Performance start date, the grantee must draw down Grant funds for allowable costs in accordance with 2 CFR 200.305 and 200.403 and reconcile its accounting records with the financial data reported to HUD through the Integrated Disbursement and Information System (“IDIS”) in accordance with 2 CFR 200.302 and 200.303. A request by the Grantee to draw down Grant Funds under any payment system constitutes a representation by the Grantee that it and all participating parties are in compliance with this Grant Agreement.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Designated Community Planning and Development staff in HUD Headquarters and in local field offices as listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Headquarters Office
Rita Harcrow
451 7th Street SW
Washington, DC 20410 USA
Phone: 202-402-5374
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants (Apportionments)) FY 22$288,198,405.00; FY 23 est $489,682,000.00; FY 24 est $452,490,000.00; - (Project Grants) FY 22$49,339,737.00; FY 23 est $55,336,000.00; FY 24 est $67,885,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
HOPWA formula grant awards: In FY2023, 143 HOPWA formula eligible states and metropolitan statistical areas received an estimated average award amount of $3,140,559. HOPWA competitive grant awards: In FY2022 there were 22 eligible permanent supportive housing renewal/replacement grants totaling $23,386,964. Grantees received award amounts between $455,870.00 and $1,519,564.00 with an average award amount of $1,063,044. In FY21, HUD awarded $40,468,821 to 20 new competitive Housing as an Intervention to Fight AIDS (HIFA) grantees. The grantees were awarded between $541,546 and $2,250,000 with an average award amount of $2,023,441.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The program regulations can be found at 24 CFR Part 574. Program guidance can be found at https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/comm_planning/hopwa.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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