Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS
2013 ESG, HOPWA and S+C Matching Awards
DCA has completed its review of applications for funding under the Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG), Shelter Plus Care (S+C) Matching, and Housing Opportunity for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) Programs. The broad purpose of these programs is to deliver housing supports and related services to persons strictly defined as either: (1) “homeless” or “at risk of homelessness,” as defined in Federal regulation for the ESG program, or as (2) “eligible persons” (lower income persons with HIV/AIDS) as defined for the HOPWA program.
For this year, DCA received 300 requests totaling $16.3 million dollars. Of the requests, $11.6 million dollars was awarded to 204 programs. Funding for each award comes from either (1) Federal ESG or HOPWA funds made available to DCA or (2) the State Housing Trust Fund for the Homeless (HTF). A summary of awards is linked here.
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 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 (28) 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, 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 provides emergency financial assistance, housing, and housing services to clients living in the 28 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.)
For more information on the Atlanta MSA program, contact Mr. Richard Willis by email or by phone at (404) 330-6112 x5061.
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 email@example.com.
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 (127 counties). DCA currently funds six (6) regional programs. Sponsors and areas covered are as follows:
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.
Award Information - Balance of State HOPWA Program
Email Phillis Thomas, or call (404) 679-0651
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