HOPWA (Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS)
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program provides housing assistance and supportive services to help low-income persons living with HIV and their households establish or maintain affordable and stable housing, reduce their risk of homelessness, and improve their access to health care and supportive services. The below programs are available regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, familial status, or handicap. Screening for eligibility will be conducted by Case Managers . Once eligibility is determined a separate appointment will set up with the HOPWA Coordinator.
Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) - TBRA is a rental subsidy used to help households obtain permanent housing, including assistance for shared housing arrangements, in the private rental housing market. TBRA works like the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program in that the assistance pays the difference between the contractual rent to the owner and the household’s calculated rent payment. The gross rent of the proposed unit must be at or below the lower of the rent standard or the reasonable rent.
Short-Term Rent, Mortgage, and Utility Assistance (STRMU) - STRMU provides short-term, rent, mortgage, and utility payments for households experiencing a financial crisis as a result of their HIV health condition or a change in their economic circumstances. STRMU is designed to prevent households from becoming homeless by helping them remain in their own dwellings.
Facility-Based Housing Assistance (FBHA) - All eligible HOPWA housing assistance expenditures for or associated with supportive housing facilities including community residences, single-room occupancy (SRO) dwellings, short-term facilities, project-based rental assistance units, master leased units, and other housing facilities approved by HUD. The DSHS HOPWA Program limits the use of FBHA to Short-Term Supportive Housing (STSH) and Transitional Supportive Housing (TSH) services.
Permanent Housing Placement (PHP) - PHP may be used to help households establish permanent residence in which continued occupancy is expected. Eligible costs include application fees, related credit checks, utility hookup fees and deposits, and reasonable security deposits necessary to move persons into permanent housing.
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