Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) funds are used to address the specific needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families. The District of Columbia Department of Health (DOH), HIV/AIDS Hepatitis/STD/TB Administration (HAHSTA) is the Regional Grantee on behalf of the Washington, D.C. Eligible Metropolitan Area (EMA). The Washington, D.C. EMA is comprised of the District of Columbia and neighboring counties: Suburban and Rural Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Rural West Virginia.
The Housing Authority of Prince George’s County is the HIV/AIDS Administrator for Suburban Maryland. This region includes Prince George’s County, Calvert County, and Charles County.
HUD distributes HOPWA funds using a statutory formula that relies on AIDS statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Three quarters of HOPWA formula funding is awarded to qualified states and Metropolitan areas with the highest number of AIDS cases. One quarter of the formula funding is awarded to Metropolitan areas that have a higher than average per capita incidence of AIDS.
Greater Washington Urban League and Suburban Maryland Tri-County Community Action Committee operate the HOPWA programs in collaboration with nonprofit organizations that help clients meet their daily needs for housing, mental health, substance abuse treatment, and other supportive services. Each HOPWA agency assists participants toward self-sufficiency by providing referrals to job training and rehabilitation programs. For more information on the HOPWA program please call 301-883-5540.