$41M HOPWA Funding Opportunity
On April 21, 2021, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of HIV/AIDS Housing announced the release of a new Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) through the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program. HUD is making $41 million available to states, local governments, and non-profits for housing assistance and supportive services for low-income people living with HIV and their families, as part of the “Housing as an Intervention to Fight AIDS” NOFO. The funds will enable communities selected through the NOFO process to implement new, innovative housing projects as an effective structural intervention aimed at ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Housing instability has been a major issue in the lives many people living with HIV since the beginning of the pandemic. Research has shown that stable housing contributes significantly to getting and keeping HIV patients on effective treatment. This new release of funds marks the first time in five years that HUD has been able to fund new HOPWA grants. The funds will enable HIV housing providers to make meaningful contributions towards ending the HIV epidemic efforts already underway in their communities.
“We know safe, stable housing is critical for persons living with HIV to best manage their health,” said HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge in an HIV.gov press release. “This funding will support communities in ensuring our neighbors are able to access housing alongside medical services. We cannot end the HIV/AIDS epidemic without support for housing.”
HUD will publish a pre-application webcast on or before April 30, 2021, for anyone interested in applying for this new HOPWA funding opportunity. More information on the webcast will be provided through the HUD.gov HOPWA mailing list. To sign up for the mailing list, please visit the HUD.gov HOPWA mailing list subscription page.
To read the complete Notice of Funding Opportunity, log on to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=332870.
—Reporting by Hank Trout
Hank Trout, Senior Editor, edited Drummer, Malebox, and Folsom magazines in the early 1980s. A long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS (diagnosed in 1989), he is a forty-year resident of San Francisco, where he lives with his husband Rick.