Housing Opportunities for People with HIV/AIDS


The Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) Program is a federal program dedicated to meeting the housing needs of people living with HIV/AIDS.

The Western Virginia Continuum of Care (CoC) currently provides HOPWA services through two agents in the Shenandoah Valley region: AIDS Response Effort Inc. in the northern part of the valley, and Healthy Community Health Center care management in Harrisonburg in the southern region.

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The top priority is providing housing assistance and services that help persons living with HIV maintain housing stability so they can sustain complex medication regimens and address HIV/AIDS related problems.

HOPWA offers two types of programs within its services. HOPWA Eligible Services include:

  • Tenant Based Rental Assistance:

    This program helps individuals and households with ongoing rental subsidies, similar to a housing choice voucher.

  • Short-Term Rental, Mortgage & Utility Assistance:

    This assistance is time limited. A household can receive 21 weeks worth of assistance in a 52 week period.

Along with the services listed above, case management and supportive services are also available to help households manage financial challenges and crises.

Contact the Centralized Intake line for HOPWA services.