HOPWA Services

HOPWA logo

HOPWA, or Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS, is a federal grant made available by HUD which is focused on addressing the housing needs of people living with HIV/AIDS. Being a recipient of HOPWA funds, MVAP can channel these resources into our community and provide relief for eligible low-income households. To qualify, you must meet these requirements and be a client of MVAP.

MVAP’s HOPWA grant is split between Supportive Services, Permanent Housing Placement (PHP), Short-Term Rent, Mortgage, and Utility Assistance (STRMU), and Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA).

 

Permanent Housing Placement

PHP, or Permanent Housing Placement, is a grant that can be used to ease the pressure of costs associated with finding and moving into an apartment. This can include application fees, security deposits, utility hook-up deposits, and moving costs. Applicants must be clients of MVAP, income eligible, and the costs must fall within the FMR (fair market rent) of the city/county.

Supportive Services

Supportive Services is a HOPWA program activity that enables MVAP to provide ongoing psycho-social case management and direct assistance to HOPWA-eligible clients. Supportive Services reduces barriers that some may be experiencing with food/nutrition and health care. Transportation services and food vouchers can be made available to HOPWA-eligible clients that are experiencing a food and/or transport crisis. Eligibility is needs-based and reliant on available funding.

STRMU

STRMU, or Short-Term Rent, Mortgage, and Utility Assistance, offers emergency financial support for clients experiencing economic distress. This financial support can pay all or part of a client’s rent, mortgage, or utility bills (excluding cable/internet) for a short duration. The aim of this fund is to give clients some breathing room and provide an opportunity to adjust towards financial stability.  Applicants must be clients of MVAP and income eligible. Case managers may require supporting documentation that includes a lease, mortgage statements, bank statements, etc.

Tenant-Based Rental Assistance

TBRA, or Tenant-Based Rental Assistance, is a housing choice voucher style grant that allows MVAP to pay a calculated portion of a client’s rent for a longer period. Using HUD guidelines, MVAP conducts an annual certification that determines a client’s eligibility and financial responsibility based upon income and expense. TBRA is typically used to support clients in need which they await placement in Section 8 or other subsidized housing. Voucher distribution is based upon need/availability. Applicants must be clients of MVAP, income eligible, and the costs must fall within the FMR (fair market rent) of the city/county.

HOPWA Services

HOPWA logo

HOPWA, or Housing Opportunities for People Living with AIDS, is a federal grant program focused on addressing the housing needs of people living with HIV/AIDS. Being a recipient of HOPWA funds, MVAP can channel these resources into our community and provide relief for eligible low-income households. To qualify, you must meet these requirements and be a client of MVAP.

MVAP’s HOPWA grant is split between Supportive Services, Permanent Housing Placement (PHP), Short-Term Rent, Mortgage, and Utility Assistance (STRMU), and Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA).

Permanent Housing Placement

PHP, or Permanent Housing Placement, is a grant that can be used to ease the pressure of costs associated with finding and moving into an apartment. This can include application fees, security deposits, utility hook-up deposits, and moving costs. Applicants must be clients of MVAP, income eligible, and the costs must fall within the FMR (fair market rent) of the city/county.

Supportive Services

Supportive Services is a HOPWA program activity that enables MVAP to provide ongoing psycho-social case management and direct assistance to HOPWA-eligible clients. Supportive Services reduces barriers that some may be experiencing with food/nutrition and health care. Transportation services and food vouchers can be made available to HOPWA-eligible clients that are experiencing a food and/or transport crisis. Eligibility is needs-based and reliant on available funding.

STRMU

STRMU, or Short-Term Rent, Mortgage, and Utility Assistance, offers emergency financial support for clients experiencing economic distress. This financial support can pay all or part of a client’s rent, mortgage, or utility bills (excluding cable/internet) for a short duration. The aim of this fund is to give clients some breathing room and provide an opportunity to adjust towards financial stability.  Applicants must be clients of MVAP and income eligible. Case managers may require supporting documentation that includes a lease, mortgage statements, bank statements, etc.

Tenant-Based Rental Assistance

TBRA, or Tenant-Based Rental Assistance, is a housing choice voucher style grant that allows MVAP to pay a calculated portion of a client’s rent for a longer period. Using HUD guidelines, MVAP conducts an annual certification that determines a client’s eligibility and financial responsibility based upon income and expense. TBRA is typically used to support clients in need which they await placement in Section 8 or other subsidized housing. Voucher distribution is based upon need/availability. Applicants must be clients of MVAP, income eligible, and the costs must fall within the FMR (fair market rent) of the city/county.