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Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA)

Florida Department of Health in Volusia County Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS

HIV Positive? We can help with housing expenses

More than one million Americans are living with HIV/AIDS. Stable housing allows people living with HIV/AIDS to access comprehensive healthcare and stay on top of complex HIV/AIDS drug therapies.

However, throughout many communities, people living with HIV/AIDS risk losing their housing due to compounding factors. These include increased medical costs and limited incomes or the person may be unable to keep working because of related illnesses.

The Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA) program assists people living with HIV/AIDS by providing temporary housing assistance.

Services include:

  • short-term rent, mortgage and utility assistance

  • community resource referrals

  • housing case management

Eligibility

To qualify, applicants must:

  • have at least one person who has HIV or AIDS in the household

  • have a total household gross income less than 80 percent Area Median Income (AMI) guidelines as defined by HUD

  • provide proof of Florida residency

  • provide verifiable documentation of need for housing assistance

  • be enrolled in the Ryan White Program.

Have questions?

Please contact us at 386-274-0554.

The Florida State HOPWA Program has a lifelong ban on HOPWA services for:

  • Individuals found to have manufactured or produced methamphetamine on the premises of federally assisted housing

  • Sex offenders subject to a lifetime registration requirement under a State sex offender registration program. This sexual offender registration includes any household member/person named on the lease.

Program funding

The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program is funded through a grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide states and designated eligible metropolitan areas with resources to meet the housing needs of people with HIV disease and AIDS. The Florida Department of Health administers Florida’s HOPWA program.

*According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates.