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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 125 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 5 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 12 regional Project Sponsors that provide services in all 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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  • The DCA ESG and HOPWA Programs applications are NOW OPEN!

    ESG Program Application Links

    HOPWA Application Link

    The DCA ESG Program will have five (5) Q & A webinars offered during the application process. The HOPWA Program will will have two (2) Q & A webinars during the application process. Local government entities and non-profit organizations applying ESG and/or HOPWA are encouraged to attend at least one (1) Q & A webinar.

    Q & A Webinars

    • Tuesday, April 5, 2022, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Webinar Link)
    • ESG Q & A Only
    • Thursday, April 14, 2022, 10:00 am - 11:00 am (Webinar Link)
    • ESG Q & A Only
    • Wednesday, April 20, 2022, 10:00 am - 11:00 am (Webinar Link)
    • ESG and HOPWA Q & A will be offered.
    • Tuesday, April 26, 2022, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Webinar Link)
    • ESG andHOPWA Q & A will be offered.
    • Friday, April 29, 2022, 10:30 am - 11:30 am (Webinar Link)

    The application process for both ESG and HOPWA will close at noon, Monday, May 2, 2022.

    REMINDER

    All applicants will need to register on SAM.gov and obtain a Unique Entity ID (SAM) number.  The UEI (SAM) number is required in order to apply for the DCA ESG Program. Please visit www.sam.gov to register for this number. If you are already registered with SAM.GOV and have a DUNS number, then your UEI SAM number is located within your SAM.GOV account. Any questions regarding UEI (SAM) number should be made to SAM.GOV

    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.

    All ESG Program application questions or concerns should be referred to LaDrina M. Jones (LaDrina.Jones@dca.ga.gov).

    All HOPWA application questions or concerns should be referred to Michelle Carter (Michelle.Carter@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.