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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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  • On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) (Pub.L. No. 116-136) was signed into law to respond to the growing effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health crisis. The CARES Act provides special allocations to the State of Georgia under the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA) programs to be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19.

    Annually the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) prepares its Action Plan which outlines the methods of distribution for Federal formula grant funding received by the State of Georgia through the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Notice is hereby given that the 2018-2022 Consolidated Plan will now include the CARES Act funding for the previously mentioned programs which will be known as ESG-CV and HOPWA-CV. In addition, the 2019 Annual Action Plan will be amended to add the new programs' Methods of Distribution which constitute a significant change in the distribution of funds under the plan and thus necessitate a substantial amendment to the original Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan. In accordance with a waiver of regulatory authority, approved by HUD on April 8, 2020, to the normal citizen comment period, DCA will hold a 5-day citizen comment period starting on Friday, May 15, 2020, until Wednesday, May 20, 2020.

    Click the document to view the full list of amendments.

  • 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.