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Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) Competitive Grants




Capital, Operating, Services, Pre-development/Acquisition



Procurement Agency


Total Annual Award

In FY 2014, HOPWA's competitive program annually allocated $34.9 million nationwide. Of that, $2.76 million annually funded New York State based projects.

Tenant Eligibility Criteria

Low-income individuals with HIV/AIDS and their families. Eligible individuals generally have incomes at or below 80% area median income (AMI).

Eligible Applicants

Housing projects run by States, local governments or nonprofit organizations that benefit the eligible population.

Funding Award Details

HOPWA is the dedicated federal source of capital to develop housing for people with HIV/AIDS. Funds are split between HOPWA's federal Competitive Program (10%) and its Formula Program (90%). Competitive grant funds may be used for acquisition, development, rehabilitation and construction-related costs.

Since 2001, it has been mandatory that competitive grants be directed toward permanent supportive housing programs seeking funding renewals. If funding remains, however, grants are distributed under the annual Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) competition to two types of projects: Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) or New Long-Term Projects. SPNS are considered innovative, directed toward underserved populations, and expected to serve as national models. New long-term projects provide supportive housing in areas that do not qualify for HOPWA formula programs; as a result, New York State is not eligible for new long-term projects.

Amount Details

In FY 2014 HOPWA's competitive program allocated $29 million nationally. $2.8 million, funding two programs in New York State.


Contracts are issued annually and grants are a maximum of three years with a possible one-year extension.

Network Notes

Programs seeking funding renewal are given priority over new applications and annual renewals take up the majority of the competitive HOPWA budget. Support services cannot exceed 35% of overall program budget.

Most, if not all, competitive grants in recent years have been grant renewals. It is incredibly difficult for new applicants to secure funding from the HOPWA competitive program.

For More Information

For general information about HOPWA, see HUD's website.

To find information about current agencies receiving competitive HOPWA grants, see here and here.

HUD Buffalo Field Office
William O'Connell
(716) 551-5755, x5800

HUD New York Regional Office
Vincent Hom
(212) 542-7401

Last updated: 07/06/2017

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