Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)
The City of Anaheim’s Department of Community Development administers the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program, a federal housing program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Established in 1992, the HOPWA Program is designed to provide States and localities with resources and incentives to devise long-term comprehensive strategies for meeting the housing and housing-related support service needs of low-income persons living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) or related diseases and their families.
The planning process for the HOPWA Program encourages community participation and input through consumer and provider surveys, focus groups, and 1-to-1 interviews. Additionally, the community has the opportunity to participate through the HIV Planning Council, which serves as an advisory body to the city for the expenditure of HOPWA funds. HIV Planning Council Members are appointed by the Orange County Board of Supervisors. The Council conducts a periodic needs assessment to determine the service needs of PLWHs (persons living with HIV).
The Council prioritizes the HIV service needs of the community and allocates funds accordingly. Council meetings are usually held on the second Wednesday of each month. The meeting is from 6 - 8 p.m. and is located at 1725 West 17th Street (Building 1729E Public Health Services Training Center), Santa Ana, CA 92706.
Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)
At the conclusion of each program year, the city is required by HUD to report on its progress toward meeting the goals and objectives of the annual Action Plan.
2016- 2017 HOPWA Activities
For the 2016-17 program year, the city has awarded HOPWA funds to the following nonprofit organizations:
| AIDS Services Foundation (Short Term Rental and Utility Assistance, Housing Coordination, Transitional Housing)
| APAIT (Short Term Rental and Utility Assistance)
| Straight Talk ( Transitional Housing, Counseling and Substance Abuse Resources)
| County of Orange Health Care Agency – Risk Reduction, Education and Community Health Program (Substance Abuse Resources)