NEWS & ANNOUCEMENTS
WHAT IS HOPWA?
The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program was established under the AIDS Housing Opportunities Act (42 U.S.C. 12901) in 1990 and amended by the Housing Community Development Act of 1992. The HOPWA Program is the only Federal program dedicated to address the housing needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families. The program is designed 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 and their families.
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The goal of the program is to provide housing assistance and supportive services for income-eligible individuals living with HIV/AIDS and their families to establish or better maintain a stable living environment in housing that is decent, safe, and sanitary, to reduce the risk of homelessness, and to improve access to health care and supportive services.
The HOPWA program is administered by Tennessee Department of Health (TDH), which receives annual formula grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). TDH contracts with seven (7) Project Sponsor(s) for the delivery of service, serving the State's 79 HOPWA Service Delivery Areas.
CONSOLIDATED PLANNING PROCESS:
The Department of Health works with the Tennessee Housing Development Agency and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to administer the four formula grants from HUD Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Program, Emergency Solutions Grants Program (ESG) and HOPWA. As a requirement of receiving funds each award recipient must submit annual updates and status reports regarding grantees performance. This information is integrated into an annual Consolidated Planning document and submitted to HUD. In addition, each award participant must submit an updated status report HUD Form -40110-D. The Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) provides annual performance reporting on client outputs and outcomes that enables an assessment of grantee performance in achieving the housing stability outcome measure. The CAPER, in conjunction with the Integrated Disbursement Information System (IDIS), fulfills statutory and regulatory program reporting requirements and provides the grantee and HUD with the necessary information to assess the overall program performance and accomplishments against planned goals and objectives.
TN Housing Development Agency: http://thda.org/
HOPWA SERVICE PROVIDERS
Seven (7) HOPWA applicants were awarded funding through a competitive application process in 2016 facilitated by Department of Health, The applicants include Chattanooga CARES, Columbia CARES, Frontier Health/HOPE for TN, Nashville CARES, Positively Living, Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency (UCHRA) and West Tennessee Legal organizations (WTLS).
See Tennessee State Map for details about locations for HOPWA Service Providers.
The State of TN provides HUD-approved activities through the following programs:
STRMU: Provides short-term rent, mortgage, and utility payments to prevent homelessness of the tenant or mortgagor of a dwelling. This program enables income-eligible individuals living with HIV/AIDS at risk of becoming homeless to receive short-term assistance for a period not to exceed 21 weeks’ worth of assistance in any 52-week period. These payments are for eligible individuals and their household beneficiaries who are already in housing and who are at risk of becoming homeless.
TBRA: Provides tenant-based rental assistance, including assistance for shared housing arrangements, for income-eligible clients living with HIV/AIDS and their beneficiaries until they are able to secure affordable stable housing.
Supportive Services: Provides adult day care/personal assistance, alcohol and drug abuse services, non-medical case management, advocacy, coordination of benefits, child care, education, employment assistance and training for persons with HIV/AIDS, legal services, life skills management, nutritional services (including meals), mental health services, outreach and transportation, health and medical services. Supportive Services may be provided in conjunction with HOPWA housing assistance or as a stand-alone service (Supportive Services Only).
Permanent Housing Placement: Provides assistance for permanent housing placement costs that include reasonable security deposits not to exceed the amount equal to 2 months of rent, and costs related to application fees and credit checks.
HOPWA APPLICANT REQUIREMENTS:
Low–income persons that are medically diagnosed with HIV and their families are eligible to receive HOPWA funded assistance. Applicants are screened for eligibility based on jurisdiction and household income levels. The amount of household income to be eligible may change annually by HUD and would require disclosure of family earnings to HOPWA personnel to identify eligibility status.
HISTORY OF HOPWA SERVICES IN TENNESSEE:
HUD suggests planning occur at the project sponsor level as well as grant management levels. During the 1996 grant year, the State (Facilitated through Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) was notified that two of its metropolitan regions (Memphis and Nashville) qualified as Eligible Metropolitan Statistical Areas (EMSAs) for HOPWA formula allocations beginning in FY 1997. At that time, the Tennessee revised the geographic breakdown for HOPWA services into seven regions, which include every county in the State not supported by the two EMSAs. Each of the seven (7) regions has one not-for-profit agency that is the Project Sponsor for HOPWA. The not-for-profit organizations were selected using the RFGP process. In the winter of 2003, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released updated service areas, along with HOPWA formula jurisdictions based on the 2000 Census. The update had been conducted periodically since that time, and by 2005, sixteen counties had been removed from the State’s service area and relocated to the metropolitan statistical area of Nashville EMSA. These include: Cannon, Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Hickman, Macon, Robertson, Rutherford, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale, Williamson, and Wilson counties. Additionally, Fayette, Shelby, and Tipton counties became the responsibility of Memphis EMSA. The RFGP process for HOPWA is based on a five-year cycle, with the latest being concluded in 2016. The contracts for these agencies are renewed annually for up to five years. However, the State of Tennessee reserves the right to terminate a contract should there be substandard performance by a Project Sponsor. In the event a contract is terminated, the State will solicit new agency proposals. The Department of Health is contracting with established not-for-profit agencies that continually show both the capability to plan for, as well as the ability to provide, direct intervention and housing assistance to eligible clients and their families. Proposals were submitted by the Project Sponsors and evaluated on criteria such as technical services, organization and experience, and budget reasonableness, to name a few. Funds were originally awarded as available to sponsors who submitted proposals that best met, or exceeded the required criteria and provided a detailed budget, which best met the needs of HOPWA clients. Renewal of the contract is determined by periodic evaluation of the Project Sponsors achieving, or exceeding the requirements outlined in the Scope of Services, which is found in each Project Sponsor’s contract. There were remote (desk audit and on-site reviews that tracked conformance to historical factors. The purpose of this risk appraisal was to identify any patterns of non-conformance to HUD rules: 1) timeliness monthly invoices and CAPER reporting; 2) review of previous program on-site audit documentation; 3) where non-conformance identified, resolution of ID issues, 4) historical accuracy of CAPER reporting and forecasting assumptions for program and fiscal plans and draw-downs.
If I have any additional questions, whom should I contact?
Trang Wadsworth, HOPWA Director 615-532-7914
See Tennessee State Map for details about locations for HOPWA Service Providers.