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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. 

Funding for HOPWA is determined annually by a formula that is largely based on the number of persons living with HIV/AIDS in any given jurisdiction.  The State of Georgia is comprised of three jurisdictions. The Georgia Department of Community Affairs' (DCA) HOPWA program covers the largest geographical area, known as the Balance of State, which includes 126 counties.  The other two jurisdictions in the State of Georgia include the City of Atlanta Eligible Metropolitan Statistical Area (EMSA), which covers 29 counties centered on metro-Atlanta, and the Augusta-Richmond jurisdiction, which includes 4 counties.

HIV/AIDS is one of the most socially stigmatized health conditions. Persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) have to face numerous challenges to maintain stable housing, health care and treatment due to the stigma associated with the disease. Studies have reported that almost 70% of PLWHA face homelessness at some point during their lifetimes. Stable housing is an important structural intervention in successful HIV prevention and care. The HOPWA program focuses on providing stable housing to those experiencing homelessness and those at risk of becoming homeless. There is plenty of evidence to support the fact that stable housing supported by the HOPWA program creates an environment that allows PLWHA to be better able to maintain their HIV care and become virally suppressed.

DCA funds 9 regional Project Sponsors that provide services in most of the counties in the Balance of State. They work closely with local health departments to ensure that those assisted also maintain HIV medical care. The majority of the area covered by DCA is rural, with additional social challenges including poverty, increased social stigma, limited community resources and a lack of public transportation. With the help of its Project Sponsors, DCA attempts to leverage the HOPWA program with other local services and resources to create a comprehensive strategy to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Georgia.

 

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Announcements

  • The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) announces the 2019 Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program Supplemental Application.  The HOPWA program provides resources and incentives to devise long-term comprehensive strategies for meeting the housing needs of low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and persons in their family. 

    DCA’s 2019 Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and HOPWA application closed on April 2, 2019. DCA supports the HOPWA program in 125 Georgia counties, not including the 29 Metro Atlanta counties under the City of Atlanta’s jurisdiction and five counties under the City of Augusta’s jurisdiction. Based on applications received, there is a gap in HOPWA service providers for Northeast and Southeast Georgia. DCA‘s goal is to ensure HOPWA services are provided across all Georgia counties and eliminate gaps. Therefore, DCA seeks HOPWA service providers serving the following counties

    Northeast Georgia

    Union, Towns, Rabun, Lumpkin, White, Habersham, Hall, Banks, Stephens, Franklin and Hart

    Southeast Georgia

    Emanuel, Jenkins, Screven, Bulloch, Candler, Toombs, Tattnall, Evans, Long, Wayne, Appling, Jeff Davis, Charlton, Camden, Brentley, McIntosh

    All interested parties should send their interest to apply for the 2019 HOPWA supplemental application, including a list of proposed counties to be served, to Harvinder K Makkar at Harvinder.makkar@dca.ga.gov by April 19, 2019. If your agency already applied to serve any of the above-referenced counties during the 2019 ESG and HOPWA application, please advise DCA whether you plan to submit a new application as part of the supplemental application process.

    For questions about DCA’s HOPWA program, please contact Harvinder K Makkar at 470-382-3518.

  • Hello ESG and HOPWA Grant applicant:

    Below is the URL for Housing Solutions Online (HSOnline 2019) Registration and Login:

    https://dca.360works.com/hsonline2019.html

    You will  need to click on HSOnline2019 Registration and Login

    You will then need to click on Click Here to Register

    You must complete the entire Registration form online to receive your Login and Password.

    Your EIN must be in DCA’s Organization Database.  If there is no record of your EIN you will need to contact hsonline@dca.ga.gov and allow 24 hours to enter your EIN into our database.  You will then be able to complete your registration and receive your login and password along with Confirmation that you have registered. Please immediately save you password in a secure place as you will need this to log in to complete your Organizational Documents and Applications.

    Additional information can be found on the DCA website at www.dca.ga.gov

    ESG

    Click on the following links below for access to important documents on the DCA ESG webpage.

    2019-2020 ESG-HOPWA Application Workshop Presentation:

    https://www.dca.ga.gov/node/5674  

    2019 Supplemental Documentation

    https://www.dca.ga.gov/node/5676  

    2019 ESG Application Manual Guidelines

    https://www.dca.ga.gov/node/5675

    If you have more than one supplemental document file that you need to upload as “other”, you can create a single zip file to upload.

    To create Zip file follow instructions below:

    HOPWA

    Click on the following link below to access the application workshop information on the DCA HOPWA webpage.

    2019-2020 ESG-HOPWA Application Workshop Presentation:

    http://www.dca.ga.gov/node/5678

     

    Q and A Webinars

    We will be hosting four ESG/HOPWA Application Q and A webinar sessions to cover any questions regarding application content.  Please click on the link below to register for any of these sessions, as needed.

    Please register for ESG and HOPWA Q and A Session on Mar 7, 2019 10:00 AM EST at: 

    https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7644537508215929346

    ESG and HOPWA Application Q and A Webinar Session

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
     

    Please register for ESG and HOPWA Q and A Session on Mar 14, 2019 2:00 PM EDT at: 


    https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6340585986906439169

    ESG and HOPWA Application Q and A Webinar Session

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
     

    Please register for ESG and HOPWA Q and A Session on Mar 21, 2019 2:00 PM EDT at: 


    https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1290281690415050241

    ESG and HOPWA Application Q and A Webinar Session

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
     

    Please register for ESG and HOPWA Q and A Session on Mar 29, 2019 10:30 AM EDT at: 


    https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6663845704007546113

    ESG and HOPWA Application Q and A Webinar Session

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
     

    Please feel free to share this notice with others within the state, your region or your community with an interest.

  • The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) is announcing the 2019 application process for the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program.  The ESG program is designed to provide housing or service resources with the goal of stable housing outcomes for eligible persons, as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  The HOPWA Program provides resources and incentives to devise long-term comprehensive strategies for meeting the housing needs of low-income persons with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and persons in their family. 

    The application process will open on Friday , March 01, 2019 and all applications, supporting materials, and organizational documentation will be due on Tuesday, April 02, 2019 at Noon. 

    Please note that there will be a cut-off date for receiving your log-in information for the online system used for applications.  Applicants are able to Register for login information beginning on Friday , March 01, 2019 and ending on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 5:00 pm.  Information regarding the application process for ESG will be posted on our web site at:  https://dca.ga.gov/housing/homeless-special-needs-housing/emergency-solutions-grants/esg-funding-competition. Information regarding the application process for HOPWA will be posted on our website at: https://dca.ga.gov/housing/homeless-special-needs-housing/housing-opportunities-persons-aids-hopwa.

    DCA will offer four in person workshops that will go over the programs, the application process, and the application timeline.  Please click the link below to register for the location of your choice.  These workshops are scheduled for:

    Monday, February 04, 2019

    This session is only open to registrants of the DCA 2019 Housing Symposium in Savannah, GA

    Friday, February 15, 2019, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

    Macon Training Center

    6055 Lakeside Commons Drive

    Macon, GA 31210

    http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=oxnnctzab&oeidk=a07efzftjk1854ba94f

    Click for location map

    Tuesday February  19, 2019, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

    Goodwill of North Georgia

    929 Joe Frank Harris Parkway

    Cartersville, GA 30120

    http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=oxnnctzab&oeidk=a07efzfvn1c11482424

    Click for location map

    Thursday, February 21, 2019 10:00am-1:00pm

    DCA Norcross Office Location

    1854 Shackelford Court Suite 400

    Norcross, GA 30093

    http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=oxnnctzab&oeidk=a07efzfug0aae171451

    PLEASE LIMIT ATTENDEES TO 1 PERSON PER AGENCY FOR THIS LOCATION

    Click for location map

    All applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the in person workshops listed above to learn about changes that have been made to the ESG and HOPWA programs for 2019 applications.  In the event that you are unable to attend an in person workshop, or if you would like to see the presentation again after attending in person, DCA will also offer an application workshop webinar on February 28, 2018 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.  To attend the webinar, please register using the following link:

    Please register for 2019 DCA ESG and HOPWA Application Workshop Webinar on February 28, 2019 9:00 AM EDT at:

    https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3420009324193522178
    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    We appreciate your time in reviewing this information.  Please feel free to pass it along to others within your agency, or to any organization that serves the needs of persons experiencing homelessness in your community.  Should you have questions regarding these workshops, please contact Marion Goulbourne at Marion.Goulbourne@dca.ga.gov or Harvinder K Makkar at Harvinder.Makkar@dca.ga.gov.

    The Georgia Department of Community Affairs is committed to providing all persons with equal access to its services, programs, activities, education and employment regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, disability or age. For a reasonable accommodation or if you need an alternative format or language, please contact at: (404) 679-4840 or fairhousing@dca.ga.gov.

  • The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) is announcing the 2019 application process for the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program.  The ESG program is designed to provide housing or service resources with the goal of stable housing outcomes for eligible persons, as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  The HOPWA Program provides resources and incentives to devise long-term comprehensive strategies for meeting the housing needs of low-income persons with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and persons in their family. 

    The application process will open on Friday , March 01, 2019 and all applications, supporting materials, and organizational documentation will be due on Tuesday, April 02, 2019 at Noon. 

    Please note that there will be a cut-off date for receiving your log-in information for the online system used for applications.  Applicants are able to Register for login information beginning on Friday , March 01, 2019 and ending on Thursday, March 26, 2019 at 5:00 pm.  Information regarding the application process for ESG will be posted on our web site at:  https://dca.ga.gov/housing/homeless-special-needs-housing/emergency-solutions-grants/esg-funding-competition. Information regarding the application process for HOPWA will be posted on our website at: https://dca.ga.gov/housing/homeless-special-needs-housing/housing-opportunities-persons-aids-hopwa.

    DCA will offer four in person workshops that will go over the programs, the application process, and the application timeline.  Please click the link below to register for the location of your choice.  These workshops are scheduled for:

    Monday, February 04, 2019

    This session is only open to registrants of the DCA 2019 Housing Symposium in Savannah, GA

    Friday, February 15, 2019, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

    Macon Training Center

    6055 Lakeside Commons Drive

    Macon, GA 31210

    http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=oxnnctzab&oeidk=a07efzftjk1854ba94f

    Click for location map

    Tuesday February  19, 2019, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Goodwill of North Georgia

    929 Joe Frank Harris Parkway

    Cartersville, GA 30120

    http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=oxnnctzab&oeidk=a07efzfvn1c11482424

    Click for location map

    Thursday, February 21, 2019 10:00am-1:00pm

    DCA Norcross Office Location

    1854 Shackelford Court Suite 400

    Norcross, GA 30093

    http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=oxnnctzab&oeidk=a07efzfug0aae171451

    PLEASE LIMIT ATTENDEES TO 1 PERSON PER AGENCY FOR THIS LOCATION

    Click for location map

    All applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the in person workshops listed above to learn about changes that have been made to the ESG and HOPWA programs for 2019 applications.  In the event that you are unable to attend an in person workshop, or if you would like to see the presentation again after attending in person, DCA will also offer an application workshop webinar on February 28, 2018 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.  To attend the webinar, please register using the following link:

    Please register for 2019 DCA ESG and HOPWA Application Workshop Webinar on February 28, 2019 9:00 AM EDT at:

    https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3420009324193522178
    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    We appreciate your time in reviewing this information.  Please feel free to pass it along to others within your agency, or to any organization that serves the needs of persons experiencing homelessness in your community.  Should you have questions regarding these workshops, please contact Marion Goulbourne at Marion.Goulbourne@dca.ga.gov or Harvinder K Makkar at Harvinder.Makkar@dca.ga.gov.

    The Georgia Department of Community Affairs is committed to providing all persons with equal access to its services, programs, activities, education and employment regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, disability or age. For a reasonable accommodation or if you need an alternative format or language, please contact at: (404) 679-4840 or fairhousing@dca.ga.gov.