Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) 

HOPWA: Program Goals and Objectives

The purpose of the HOPWA Program is to provide states and localities with resources and incentives to devise long-term strategies for meeting the housing needs of low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families.  This focus on providing housing assistance and related support services for HOPWA-eligible clients will reduce the risks of homelessness for this population and increase access to appropriate healthcare and other support.

Homelessness, HIV disease, and access to health care are fundamentally interconnected. Stable housing coupled with supportive services responsive to their complex needs, increases the ability of persons living with HIV/AIDS, particularly those who are low income, to access and adhere to life-sustaining HIV/AIDS treatment. Without stable housing, persons with HIV/AIDS cannot access the complex treatment and care vital to survival.  Access to clean water, bathrooms, refrigeration, food, and the ability to take medications on a routine schedule can be severely impaired, resulting in declining health.

Provider Listing

Name

Address Phone Number
Northeast Arkansas Regional AIDS Network (NARAN)
Debbie Biazo, Executive Director
District 1 – Northwest Arkansas Area 
District 4 – Southwest Arkansas Area 
District 6 – Southeast Arkansas Area 

2604 East Matthews
Jonesboro AR, 72401

870-931-4448
888-254-2437
ARcare Special Services
District 2
306 East 3rd Street, McCrory, AR 72101 870-731-3068 Ext. 546
ARcare Special Services
Kensett Office 
District 3
606 Wilbur D. Mills North
Kensett, AR 72082
888-845-8884 Ext. 222

Target Population

The HOPWA Program serves low-income persons infected with HIV and their families whose incomes do not exceed 80% of the area median income for the area as determined by HUD.

Geography

Service areas are divided into six (6) Districts for Arkansas. Arkansas provides services for all counties with the exception of Crittenden, which is part of the Memphis Eligible Metropolitan Statistical Area (EMSA), and the Central Arkansas six-county geographic region, known as HOPWA District 5 (Faulkner, Grant, Lonoke, Perry, Pulaski and Saline Counties).  On January 1, 2011 the City of Little Rock began offering HOPWA services in District 5 as part of the HOPWA Entitlement Funding award.

Project Sponsors

Nonprofit organization or governmental housing agency.

Description of Services

  • Administration for Grantee – 3% 
  • Administration for Project Sponsors – 7% allowable for administrative costs including costs for general management, oversight, coordination, evaluation, and reporting on eligible activities.
  • Supportive Services – provides housing case management and subsidy assessments.
  • Permanent Housing Placement – (PHP) – provides utility and housing deposits and first month’s rent. 
  • Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) – a housing subsidy provided for use on the open rental market.  The tenant holds a lease with a private landlord for a unit that is rented at or under the Fair Market Rent and that meets Housing Quality/Habitability Standards.  The assistance must be used for any individual or family whose incomes do not exceed 80% of the median income for the area as determined by HUD. 
  • Short-Term Rent, Mortgage, and Utility Assistance (STRMU) – a housing subsidy provided to prevent homelessness of mortgagor or renters in their current place of residence.  Grantees may provide assistance for rent, mortgage, or utilities for a period of twenty-one (21) weeks in any fifty-two (52) week period.

Program Authority

  • AIDS Housing Opportunity Act- [Publication L 101-625.100 Statute 4375; 42 U.S.C. 12901 et seq]
  • Title 24 CFR--Housing and Urban Development, Chapter V--Office of Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Part 574--Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS

Budget by Source

  • HUD Federal FY 05: $723,000   State FY 06: $0 
  • HUD Federal FY 06: $707,000   State FY 07: $0 
  • HUD Federal FY 07: $720,000 State FY 08: $0 
  • HUD Federal FY 08: $766,000  State FY 09: $0 
  • HUD Federal FY 09: $797,682  State FY 10: $0 
  • HUD Federal FY 10: $531,915  State FY 11: $0  
  • HUD Federal FY 11: $544,150  State FY 11: $0
  • HUD Federal FY 12: $543,382  State FY 12: $0

Oversight/Advisory Bodies:

Arkansas Economic Development Commission: Consolidated Plan Committee

Healthy People 2010 Objectives Addressed:

13.1-17 Prevent HIV infection and its related illness and death.

Downloads
Housing Assistance Factsheet

Permanent Housing Placement Services Factsheet

Short-Term Rent,Mortgage, and Utility (STRMU) Assistance Fact Sheet

HOPWA Program Factsheet
District Map
HOPWA Annual Action Plan