Housing Opportunity for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) funds are authorized by the AIDS Housing Opportunity Act and as amended by the Housing and Community Development Act of 1992. The program is designed to provide states and local jurisdictions with resources to develop long-term, comprehensive strategies for meeting the housing needs and reduction of homelessness in low-income persons with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and their families.
The City of Columbia administers HOPWA funding as a formula entitlement for the Columbia Eligible Metropolitan Statistical Area (EMSA) which are the following counties: Calhoun, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Richland, and Saluda.
All City of Columbia HOPWA Grant awards are made through a competitive application process based on client needs, gaps in services, and ability of agency to successfully implement the program. The City HOPWA funding process opens in the fall for the fiscal year funding beginning the following July 1st. HOPWA funding allocated each year for the City’s 2015-2019 priority order of funding HOPWA services:
1. Permanent Housing Program
2. Permanent Housing Vouchers
3. Emergency Housing Assistance
4. Supportive Services
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