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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.

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-eight (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 5026.

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 nine (9) 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. Northeast Georgia Area- Action Ministries, (404) 881-1991 x5675
  7. Northwest Georgia Area- Living Room, (404) 382-8991
  8. Savannah/Coastal Area - Union Mission, (912) 231-0123 x140
  9. 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.

The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) is announcing the 2015 application process for the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program


The 2015 HOPWA application process is designated for non-profit agencies and government entities.  If you are inquiring about emergency assistance or housing options please contact the agencies listed for further assistance.


The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program was authorized by the National Affordable Housing Act of 1990 and revised under the Housing and Community Development Act of 1992, to provide states and localities with the resources and incentives to devise long-term comprehensive strategies for meeting the housing needs of low-income persons with Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) or related diseases and their families.

The HOPWA Program provides grants for activities providing eligible housing and related supportive services to low-to moderate income persons with HIV/AIDS and their families.  DCA seeks prospective sponsors to carry out housing assistance services designed to: 1) provide housing through long-term assistance, apartments, SRO dwellings, and community residence services, 2) provide housing through tenant-based rental assistance, which is a subsidy that covers a portion of full rent based on adjusted or gross income, 3) provide financial assistance to prevent homelessness through temporary or emergency shelter, short-term rent, mortgage, and utility payments, and 4) provide quality housing support services, case management, to assist consumers with achieving and maintaining housing stability that maximizes a continuum of care approach for persons living with HIV/AIDS.


Application Process - DCA will conduct its entire application process through the Housing Solutions Online 2015 electronic application portal.  This year perspective HOPWA applicants must complete an online “Registration” in order to receive log-in/password information.  Once prospective applicants complete their online registration, they will receive a login and password from DCA that will enable the organization to complete additional information requests online. 

The Housing Solutions Online 2015 electronic application portal will be open and available on Monday, February 16, 2015.

Application Deadline Your organizational information and application for HOPWA funding is due through the online system on or before 12:00 PM (Noon) EST, Thursday, March 12, 2015.  Applicants must submit or update all organizational information by this same date.  Applicants who do not meet this deadline will not be considered for funding.  DCA staff will review all HOPWA applications. DCA will announce funding decisions by June 30, 2015.

HSGOnline / Organizational Webinars - Each applicant must complete the required organizational information, regardless of the type of funding sought. These webinars will provide information regarding the organizational component of the applications and examples of necessary documents to upload. Attendance is not mandatory, but is strongly encouraged.

Thursday, February 12, 2:00 pm
Webinar - (limited space)
Click to register

Tuesday, February 17, 2:00 pm
Webinar – (limited space)
Click to register

HSG Online / Organizational webinar participants may wish to download the workshop presentation for further review. To download, click here: 2015 ESG HSG Online Presentation (PDF)

Application Development Workshops - DCA will conduct two webinars to provide applicants with remote assistance with the application process.  Click link below to register.

Webniar participants may wish to download the workshop presentation for further review.  To download, click here: 2015 HOPWA Application Workshop (PowerPoint)

Additionally, for participants of DCA’s Annual HOPWA Training Workshop that will be held in Savannah February 23-25, DCA will provide an Application Development Session to registered workshop participants from 1:00 – 2:00 PM on Monday, February 23, 2015.  If you would like to attend this HOPWA training, please contact Phillis Thomas or Whittney Mitchell as noted below.

Questions:  Please feel free to contact Phillis Thomas at (404) 679-0651 or phillis.thomas@dca.ga.gov or Whittney Mitchell at (404) 679-0564 or Whittney.Mitchell@dca.ga.gov with any questions.

2015 HOPWA Grant Application Downloads

These documents must be 1) downloaded to your personal computer, 2) saved as instructed, and 3) when completed, uploaded as instructed to "HSOnline."

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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Atlanta, Georgia 30329-2231

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