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HOPWA Programs in Georgia for persons with HIV/AIDS

The Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) program is a Federally funded HUD program that primarily provides housing assistance (emergency, shelter, transitional and/or permanent) for lower income persons with HIV/AIDS.  Funds are typically sub-granted to non-profit agencies within the communities who usually make their own rules for programs and criteria for assistance, provided that such rules are within the scope of HOPWA regulations and guidance from HUD.


Draft - Federal Fiscal Year 2016/State Fiscal Year 2017
Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) and Housing Opportunities for Persons with HIV/AIDS (HOPWA) - Method of Distribution

The State of Georgia’s Department of Community Affairs is currently preparing its Federal Fiscal Year 2016 Method of Distribution, detailing how the State proposes to use the ESG and HOPWA funding. The proposal cites specific requirements such as the proposed methods of funding distribution and the program priorities for funding. Comments regarding these matters will be accepted during a 30-day period ending at 5:00 PM on March 3, 2016.

The ESG/HOPWA Method of Distribution is available for review here. Comments regarding the Method of Distribution should be sent to christy.hahn@dca.ga.gov.

Public Notice: FFY2016 / SFY2017 Annual Action Plan and Methods of Distribution Flyer for ESG and HOPWA Programs (PDF)


In Georgia, HUD provides formula funds to three (3) government entities. 

The Atlanta HOPWA Program
Augusta-Richmond County Program
Balance of State HOPWA Program

The Atlanta HOPWA Program

The largest recipient in GA is the City of Atlanta.  Atlanta receives a formula share for the Atlanta "Metropolitan Statistical Area" (MSA) and makes numerous sub-grants within twenty-nine (29) counties.  Those counties include Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Haralson, Heard, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Meriwether, Morgan, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, Pike, Rockdale, Spalding and Walton. 

In the Atlanta MSA, Living Room performs intake and assessment, and assists people living with HIV/AIDS and their families or partners to access housing and service programs.  For more information, contact Living Room as follows:

Living Room
341 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Room 438
Atlanta, GA. 30308
Phone (404) 616-6332
Email info@livingroomatl.org

Living Room provides emergency financial assistance, housing, and housing services to  clients living in the 29 county Metro Atlanta region and 15 county Dalton and Rome region.  Living Room provides services every weekday, Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.  In Metro Atlanta, clients are seen by appointment and can call 404-939-8520 for an appointment; clients who are currently homeless may walk-in for an intake without an appointment.  

In NW Georgia, clients are seen by appointment and can make an appointment through their healthcare provider at the Dalton or Rome health clinics (or by calling 678-536-8979).

Clients are asked to bring proof of HIV status, TB status, and income. Other helpful documents are birth certificate, picture ID, proof of income, and SS card. Grady IDP patients do not need to bring proof of HIV or TB status. Income is not required to receive housing referral but is required to receive financial assistance for housing. Clients needing emergency assistance for late rent, mortgage or utilities must bring copy of LATE notice or bill, copy of lease, and proof of income.

(Living Room info subject to change by Living Room without notice.)

You may also contact Ms. Antoinette Sewell for Grant Administration questions at the City of Atlanta at tsewell@atlantaga.gov or (404) 330-6112 x 5061.

Augusta-Richmond County Program

Augusta-Richmond County receives a formula share for four Augusta MSA counties, including Burke, Columbia, McDuffie and Richmond.  For more information on Augusta's programs, contact LaSandra Corley at (706) 821-1797, or e-mail lcorley@augustaga.gov.

Balance of State HOPWA Program

The State of Georgia, through the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), receives about $2 MD annually to provide HOPWA funding for the balance of state (126 counties).  DCA currently funds eleven (11) regional programs.  Sponsors and areas covered are as follows:

  1. Athens Area - AIDS Athens, (706) 549-3730
  2. Columbus Area - Homeless Resource Network, (706) 571-3399
  3. Dublin- Laurens County Board of Health, (478) 274-7605
  4. Jesup / Statesboro - Comprehensive AIDS Resource Encounter, (912) 530-8078
  5. Macon Area - River Edge Behavioral Health Center, (478) 803-7714
  6. Metro Atlanta Area (Dekalb, Gwinnett, Newton)- Viewpoint Health, (678) 209-2411
  7. Metro Atlanta Area (Dekalb, Fulton, Gwinnett)- HOPE Atlanta, (404) 817-7070
  8. Northeast Georgia Area- Action Ministries, (404) 881-1991 x5675
  9. Northwest Georgia Area- Living Room, (404) 382-8991
  10. Savannah/Coastal Area - Union Mission, (912) 231-0123 x140
  11. Valdosta/Tifton/Waycross Area - South Health District, (229) 245-8711

For more information on the programs named above (types of programs, eligibility, etc.) call the program contact listed.  For general information, call or email Phillis Thomas of DCA at (404) 679-0651.

State FY 2016 Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), Shelter Plus Care Matching, and Shelter Plus Care Harm Reduction Awards

The State of Georgia is pleased to announce the selection of funding recipients under the State FY 2016 Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), Shelter Plus Care Matching, and Shelter Plus Care Harm Reduction programs (link to full information - PDF).  Across all four programs, DCA received 315 requests totaling over $16.8 million. Of these requests, DCA has awarded over $9.1 million to organizations which will implement 200 programs to serve individuals  across Georgia who are homeless, threatened with homelessness, or assisting people living with HIV in their service areas. Funding for each award comes from either (1) the Federal Emergency Solutions Grant Program,(2) the Federal Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program, or (3) State Housing Trust Fund for the Homeless Commission.  

If you have any program-specific  questions, please contact Christy Hahn (404) 679-0571 for ESG, Phillis Thomas (404) 679-0651 for HOPWA, or Libby Tyre (404) 982-3577 for either Shelter Plus Care related program.

Downloads & Related Links

Award Information - Balance of State HOPWA Program

Are you a Balance of State HOPWA Grantee?

GHFA/DCA HOPWA Grantees Only

Contact Information

Email Phillis Thomas, or call (404) 679-0651

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