Housing Opportunities for Persons With Aids (HOPWA)
The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) funds may be used for a wide range of housing, social services, program planning, and development costs. These include, but are not limited to, the acquisition; rehabilitation; or new construction of housing units; costs for facility operations; rental assistance; and short-term payments to prevent homelessness. An essential component in providing housing assistance for this targeted special needs population is the coordination and delivery of support services. Consequently, HOPWA funds also may be used for services including (but not limited to) assessment and case management, substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, nutritional services, job training and placement assistance, and assistance with daily living.
Why stable housing is so important for people with HIV
The conditions in which people with HIV live, work, learn, and play contribute to their ability to live healthy lives. With safe, decent, and affordable housing, people with HIV are better able to access comprehensive health care and supportive services, get on HIV treatment, take their HIV medication consistently, and see their health care provider regularly. However, individuals with HIV who are homeless or lack stable housing are more likely to delay HIV care, have poorer access to regular care, and are less likely to adhere to their HIV treatment.
Throughout many communities, people with HIV risk losing their housing due to factors such as increased medical costs and limited incomes or reduced ability to keep working due to related illnesses. Securing stable housing is a key part of achieving successful HIV outcomes.