A HELPING HAND: TW’s Story

Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) is a federally funded HUD program that offers a variety of housing solutions and support services for low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS. Alongside HOPWA, the Emergency Solution Grants (ESG) Program provides services from street outreach to rapid re-housing to those experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless. Continuing to leverage HOPWA with other local services to address housing insecurity and the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Georgia, the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) is proud to share success stories of individuals who were given a helping hand. 

The identity of each person profiled will be restricted out of respect for their privacy. 

As Advantage Behavioral Health System’s first hotel resident, TW was living in an unsheltered homeless situation, had a severe heart condition, was an alcoholic, and tested positive for COVID-19. While he was not symptomatic, he was placed in the hotel program to quarantine and minimize the potential spread of the virus. 

Within the Homeless Day Service Center, TW received an intake and assessment to determine the most appropriate housing tract for him. He spent 90 days within the hotel program and actively engaged with onsite case managers. During his stay, community resources to provide food and supplies were leveraged for him. 

While participating in the Stay Home Hotel program, a voucher provided by ESG when there is not an appropriate emergency shelter available, TW has been hospitalized several times due to his physical ailments; however, he continues to stay engaged in the programs and manages his stability. Onsite case managers also continue to work with TW to help find suitable housing placement. Through the DCA ESG-CV funded Rapid Re-Housing program, TW was able to find his own apartment. 

Being in the program, TW is a model client. As he continues to work with the case managers, TW has maintained sobriety and is active in recovery. 

For more information regarding the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), click here. To learn more about the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program, click here