Housing Opportunities with Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)

The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program is the only Federal program dedicated to the housing needs of people living with HIV/AIDS. Under the HOPWA Program, HUD makes grants to local communities, States, and nonprofit organizations for projects that benefit low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families.

Grants to nonprofit HIV/AIDS assistance organizations make possible housing assistance and supportive services so that people with HIV/AIDS can find and maintain safe, affordable and decent housing. HUD primarily funds this program, and issues awards through a competitive process.

Eligible Activities

HOPWA funds may be used for a wide range of housing, social services, program planning, and development costs. These include, but are not limited to, the acquisition; rehabilitation; or new construction of housing units; costs for facility operations; rental assistance; and short-term payments to prevent homelessness. An essential component in providing housing assistance for this targeted special needs population is the coordination and delivery of support services. Consequently, HOPWA funds also may be used for services including (but not limited to) assessment and case management, substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, nutritional services, job training and placement assistance, and assistance with daily living.

Two non-profit organizations provide support to Alaskans with HIV/AIDS through the HOPWA Program; Alaskan AIDS Assistance Association (4AS) in Anchorage and the Southeast region, and Interior Aids Association (IAA) in Fairbanks.

Eligible Beneficiaries

Low-income persons (at or below 80 percent of area median income) medically diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and their families are eligible to receive HOPWA-funded assistance.

Grant Funding Availability

For HIV/AIDS Assistance through our HOPWA partners, please contact:

Interior AIDS Assistance Association in Fairbanks at phone number : 907-452-4222 or visit https://www.interioraids.org/

Alaskan AIDS Assistance Association at phone number: 907-263-2050 or visit https://www.alaskanaids.org/

Who May Apply

  • Nonprofit AIDS Assistance Organizations

Contact Information

Jennifer Smerud
Planning and Program Development
Alaska Housing Finance Corporation
P.O. Box 101020
Anchorage, AK 99510-1020
907-338-2585 (fax)