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HOPWA Programs in Georgia for persons with HIV/AIDS

The Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) program is a Federally funded HUD program that primarily provides housing assistance (emergency, shelter, transitional and/or permanent) for lower income persons with HIV/AIDS.  Funds are typically sub-granted to non-profit agencies within the communities who usually make their own rules for programs and criteria for assistance, provided that such rules are within the scope of HOPWA regulations and guidance from HUD.

In Georgia, HUD provides formula funds to three (3) government entities. 

The Atlanta HOPWA Program| Augusta-Richmond County Program| Balance of State HOPWA Program

Balance of State HOPWA Program

The State of Georgia, through the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), receives about $2 MD annually to provide HOPWA funding for the balance of state (126 counties).  DCA currently funds nine (9) regional programs.  Sponsors and areas covered are as follows:

  1. Athens Area - AIDS Athens, (706) 549-3730
  2. Columbus Area - Homeless Resource Network, (706) 571-3399
  3. Dublin- Laurens County Board of Health, (478) 274-7605
  4. Jesup / Statesboro - Comprehensive AIDS Resource Encounter, (912) 530-8078
  5. Macon Area - Hope Center, (478) 464-0612
  6. Northeast Georgia Area- Action Ministries, (404) 881-1991 x5675
  7. Northwest Georgia Area- Living Room, (404) 616-5743
  8. Savannah/Coastal Area - Union Mission, (912) 231-0123 x140
  9. Valdosta/Tifton/Waycross Area - South Health District, (229) 245-8711

For more information on the programs named above (types of programs, eligibility, etc.) call the program contact listed.  For DCA HOPWA information, call or email Harvinder Makkar (Email, Phone 404-327-6864) or John Shereikis (Email, Phone 404-679-0609).

The Atlanta HOPWA Program

The largest recipient in GA is the City of Atlanta.  Atlanta receives a formula share for the Atlanta "Metropolitan Statistical Area" (MSA) and makes numerous sub-grants within twenty-nine (29) counties.  Those counties include Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Haralson, Heard, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Meriwether, Morgan, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, Pike, Rockdale, Spalding and Walton. 

In the Atlanta MSA, Living Room performs intake and assessment, and assists people living with HIV/AIDS and their families or partners to access housing and service programs.  For more information, contact Living Room as follows:

Living Room
341 Ponce de Leon Avenue,
Atlanta, GA. 30308
Phone (404) 616-5743
Email info@livingroomatl.org

Living Room provides emergency financial assistance, housing, and housing services to  clients living in the 29 county Metro Atlanta region and 15 county Dalton and Rome region.  Living Room provides services every weekday, Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.  In Metro Atlanta, clients are seen by appointment and can call 404-382-8991 for an appointment; clients who are currently homeless may walk-in for an intake without an appointment.  

In NW Georgia, clients are seen by appointment and can make an appointment through their health care provider at the Dalton or Rome health clinics (or by calling 678-536-8979).

Clients are asked to bring proof of HIV status, TB status, and income. Other helpful documents are birth certificate, picture ID, proof of income, and SS card. Grady IDP patients do not need to bring proof of HIV or TB status. Income is not required to receive housing referral but is required to receive financial assistance for housing. Clients needing emergency assistance for late rent, mortgage or utilities must bring copy of LATE notice or bill, copy of lease, and proof of income.

(Living Room info subject to change by Living Room without notice.)

Please contact the City of Atlanta Office of Grants Management at 404-330-6112 with questions related to HOPWA grant administration in this region.

Augusta-Richmond County Program

Augusta-Richmond County receives a formula share for four Augusta MSA counties, including Burke, Columbia, McDuffie and Richmond.  For more information on Augusta's programs, contact LaSandra Corley at (706) 821-1797, or e-mail lcorley@augustaga.gov.


SFY 2018 ESG, HOPWA, and S+C Matching Awards

The Department of Community Affairs is pleased to announce this year’s awards under the Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG), Shelter Plus Care (S+C) Matching, and Housing Opportunity for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Programs.  The broad purpose of these programs is to deliver housing supports and related services to persons strictly defined as either: (1) “homeless” or “at risk of homelessness,” as defined in Federal regulation for the ESG program, or as (2) “eligible persons” (lower income persons with HIV/AIDS) as defined for the HOPWA program.

For this fiscal year, we received 224 requests totaling $13.8 million.  Of the requests, $8.7 million was awarded to 155 programs.  Funding for each award comes from either (1) Federal ESG or HOPWA funds made available to DCA or (2) the State Housing Trust Fund for the Homeless (HTF).

2017 (SFY 2018) HOPWA Application Process (Closed)

The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) is announcing the 2017 application process for the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program. The application process will open on Friday, March 17, 2017 and all applications, supporting materials, and organizational documentation will be due on Monday, April 17, 2017 at Noon. Please note that there will be a cut-off date for receiving your log in information for HSOnline. Applicants are able to request log-in information beginning on Friday, March 17, 2017 and ending on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 5:00 pm. Application documents and a link for the HSOnline system will be made available on this website upon opening of the application process.

The HSOnline system may be accessed using the link below. Registration and organizational document uploads may be performed as of March 17, 2017. All online project applications will be available in the HSOnline system by COB on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. http://htf.dca.ga.gov/HF/HSOnline/HSOnlineReg2017.htm

Downloads & Related Links

Are you a Balance of State HOPWA Grantee?

GHFA/DCA HOPWA Grantees Only

Contact Information

Email Harvinder Makkar or call (404) 327-6864

Email John Shereikis or call (404) 679-0609

Georgia Department of Community Affairs
60 Executive Park South, N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30329-2231