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Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS

What is the HOPWA Program?

HOPWA (Housing Opportunities for Persons with HIV/AIDS) is the only federally funded program dedicated to addressing the supportive service and housing needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) and their families. This vital program has operated within West Virginia for nearly 30 years!

For the WV HOPWA program, Community Advancement and Development (CAD) serves as a pass-through of this HUD funding allocation which is distributed among five agencies serving all 55 counties in West Virginia.

These agencies administer assistance to program eligible low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families including individualized case management, supportive services, housing and utility assistance, housing information, and any additional referrals as needed.

For your county's HOPWA provider and contact information, click on the map below:

HOPWA PROVIDER MAP

HOPWA PROVIDER MAP

What Can the HOPWA Program Do for Me?

The WV HOPWA program offers the following services to those who meet eligibility criteria (listed below):

  • SHORT-TERM RENT, MORTGAGE, AND UTILITY ASSISTANCE (STRMU): STRMU assistance provides short-term, stabilizing interventions to eligible households experiencing a financial crisis because of their HIV/AIDS health condition or a change in their economic circumstances. This activity can assist with rent, mortgage, and utility assistance in the short-term while the household regains stability.

  • TENANT-BASED RENTAL ASSISTANCE (TBRA): TBRA funding is provided to an eligible individual/family who selects a housing unit of their choice. If the individual/family moves out, the contract with the owner ends, and the individual/family can move with continued assistance to another unit. TBRA moves with the individual/family.

  • HOUSING INFORMATION (HI): This HOPWA activity provides counseling, information, and referral services to assist an eligible individual and their family in locating, acquiring, financing, and maintaining housing.

  • PERMANENT HOUSING PLACEMENT (PHP): Services and activities of PHP are designed to assist individuals/families in locating suitable housing, which at a minimum would be referral to housing that is decent, safe, and sanitary. Services may include tenant counseling, assisting households to understand leases, securing utilities, making moving arrangements, and providing mediation services related to tenant/landlord issues that may arise during the leasing process.

  • SUPPORTIVE SERVICES AND CASE MANAGEMENT (SS): HOPWA emphasizes enhanced, coordinated delivery of services to program participants using multiple funding streams such as mainstream resources for employment, income support, education, etc. Eligible supportive services are those that help program participants maintain stable housing. Additionally, program participants are offered support of a Case Manager that can assist with obtaining services such as: medical coverage (ADAP, Medicaid), entitlements (SSI, Temporary Assistance), and SNAP. The Case Manager can also help negotiate leases and assist with locating suitable units and assist individuals and families by obtaining the services that they need to maintain their health and housing.

(Not all of the services listed above are available in every county. Contact your county’s HOPWA provider for additional details.)

Who Is Eligible for the WV HOPWA Program?

Anyone who has an HIV/AIDS diagnosis and needs assistance maintaining affordable housing may be eligible. Eligibility for the HOPWA program is determined by your total annual gross household income and family size. Your family’s income may not exceed 80% of the median income for your county. To see if you are eligible, view the map of HOPWA providers in WV, and contact your county’s agency.

Our Commitment

“CAD’s Housing Programs is committed to ensuring ALL of our WV HOPWA funded agencies provide individualized and equitable treatment to all potential clients and current program participants of HOPWA including case management and connections to additional resources, provision of supportive services, and assistance with locating and maintaining affordable, safe housing options to persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families.”

If you encounter any barriers to accessing the WV HOPWA program, have any issues or concerns regarding the HOPWA provider, the services provided, eligibility for the program, or additional questions about the WV HOPWA program, please contact our office by email at [email protected] or by phone at (304) 558-2234.