The Federal "Housing Opportunities for Persons with HIV/AIDS" (HOPWA) Program is designed to increase affordable housing opportunities and stabilize the housing situations of people living with HIV/AIDS. Funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are made available to local governments to provide grant and loan programs to assist low income residents with HIV/AIDS.
There are two HOPWA grants operated in Alameda County.
- The first is a formula grant provided to the City of Oakland for all of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. The City contracts with each County to provide programs for their residents. The City of Oakland contracts with the Community Development Agency/Housing and Community Development Department (HCD) to administer the HOPWA Program and spend HOPWA funds in Alameda County. HCD has administered this program since 1993. The annual grant amount changes each year. Funding priorities are based on the 5-Year Consolidated Plan of the City of Oakland. For more information visit the City of Oakland Housing and Community Development Consolidated Plans.
- The second is a Special Project of National Significances (SPNS) Grant that Alameda County received to provide a shallow rent subsidy program to approximately 120 individuals and their families.