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HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES FOR PERSONS WITH AIDS (HOPWA)
FLORIDA STATE PROGRAM
Are you in need of housing assistance? Visit our Housing for Better Health website to learn about HOPWA services in your area. You can even take a pre-screening survey to see if you qualify for services.
Programmatic and Policy Information
The documents below were created to provide consistent guidance on the Florida State HOPWA Program to assist local HOPWA project sponsors, county health departments, case management agencies, DOH staff, and any other parties responsible for the implementation of the day‐to‐day activities of the HOPWA program. These policies and procedures provide detailed clarification for current activities and serve as comprehensive guidance on the implementation of long‐term permanent housing as a statewide activity. Standardization of these HOPWA policies and procedures improves service delivery, provides for fair and equitable access to services, and alleviates problems of inconsistency associated with local program guidelines.
Key Housing Websites
This list of websites provides additional information and federal and state resources.
- Federal Resources
- State Resources
24 CFR PART 574
HOPWA was created through the National Affordable Housing Act of 1990 and authorized by the AIDS Housing Opportunity Act of 1992. It is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Office of HIV/AIDS Housing (OHH) at HUD Headquarters. HOPWA Regulations 24 CFR 574 provide the requirements and framework for the HOPWA Program and should be referred to as needed.
HOPWA notices are issued by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Community Planning and Development for all HOPWA grantees and project sponsors. This information is incorporated by references into State HOPWA contracts and provides updated policies and procedures for the State HOPWA Program. All HOPWA project sponsors should routinely read the notices.
NOTICE CPD 06-07
This August 3, 2006 notice cross-references 24CFR part 574, which covers short-term and permanent housing assistance and waiver information. This notice provides standards for HOPWA short-term rent, mortgage, and utility payments and connections to permanent housing. The FAQ on the last page is especially helpful.
HOPWA Short‐Term Rent, Mortgage, and Utility (STRMU) Assistance
This November 2015 guide complements Notice CPD 06‐07 and offers updated guidance for providing STRMU assistance under the HOPWA program. The guide defines the qualifications for STRMU assistance, outlines the use of HOPWA funds for STRMU, describes methods to determine the qualified period of assistance, and explains the waiver process.
HOPWA Rental Assistance Guidebook
This guidebook provides HOPWA grantees and project sponsors with information and resources necessary to develop and operate programs that provide housing support to clients through rental assistance payments. In addition, it outlines additional steps to help identify current community needs and develop an updated comprehensive housing strategy in providing supportive housing for low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families with HOPWA and other leveraged resources. This guidebook also supports efforts to maintain quality programs and to strengthen partnerships in coordinating the delivery of housing assistance and support services to help end homelessness and reduce risks of homelessness for vulnerable households
HOPWA GRANTEE OVERSIGHT
This August 2010 guide provides grantees and project sponsors with information on the various federal laws and regulations that govern the use of HOPWA resources as well as guidance and tools to conduct compliance reviews and identify corrective actions, as needed.