Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS
To provide States 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
Assistant Secretary For Community Planning and Development, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants; B - Project Grants
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.
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?
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 funding priority to the renewal of expiring permanent supportive housing projects. When funding is available for new competitive grants, there may be additional requirements for applicant eligibility established under the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).
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 meet program requirements and applicable federal requirements.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate, for pre-application coordination details.
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. 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 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 the VAWA/HOPWA Project Demonstration NOFA (FR-5900-N-11) published August 24, 2015.
(1) Formula entitlement grants: The HUD field office reviews the grantee's Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan and, upon plan approval, 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 location, 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 requirements set forth in the renewal Notice or NOFA rating factors.
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, 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 to 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).
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
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.
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: Title 24 Chapter 5 Part 574 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. Program requirements provide competitive grants with the allowance of a one year extension, if approved by HUD. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
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.
451 7th Street SW
Washington, DC 20410 USA
(Formula Grants) FY 18$375,000,000.00; FY 19 est $393,000,000.00; FY 20 est $330,000,000.00; FY 17$356,000,000.00; FY 16$335,000,000.00; - Total HOPWA funding (90% Formula Entitlement and 10% Competitive)
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
HOPWA formula grant awards: In FY2018, the 127 HOPWA formula eligible metropolitan statistical areas received an estimated average award amount of $2,657,480. HOPWA competitive grant awards: In FY2018, the 28 eligible permanent supportive housing renewal grants received award amounts between $269,278 and $1,501,500 with an average award amount of $1,012,333.
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