Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS


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To provide States and localities with the resources and incentives to devise long-term comprehensive strategies for meeting the supportive housing needs of low-income persons and their families living with HIV/AIDS in order to prevent homelessness and sustain housing stability for HOPWA program beneficiaries.

Agency - Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Department of Housing and Urban Development's mission is to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination. HUD fulfills this mission through high ethical standards, management and accountability, and by forming partnerships with community organizations.

Office - None.

Designated Community Planning and Development staff in HUD Headquarters and in local field offices as listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

G02.13.03
HIV/AIDS




Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: In FY16, 53,108 households received housing assistance and 106,415 received supportive services. Fiscal Year 2017: In FY17, an estimated 52,00 households will receive housing assistance and 104,000 will receive supportive services. Fiscal Year 2018: In FY18, an estimated 51,000 households will receive housing assistance and 103,500 will receive supportive services.

Uses and Use Restrictions

HOPWA program activities focus on establishing stable housing, reducing risk of homelessness, and improving access to healthcare and supportive services.

Housing assistance is provided in the form of permanent supportive housing which includes tenant-based (scattered site) and facility-based (subsidized payment on a specific building, unit, or project) rental assistance or through transitional and short-term housing assistance.

Grantees and project sponsors may use HOPWA funds to provide for any of the following eligible activities, subject to certain standards and limitations provided in the regulations: 1) acquisition, rehabilitation, conversion, lease, and repair of facilities to provide housing and services; (2) new construction (for single room occupancy (SRO) dwellings and community residences only); (3) operating costs for housing facilities, including maintenance, security, operation, insurance, utilities, furnishings, equipment, supplies, and other incidental costs; (4) tenant-based rental assistance, including assistance for shared housing arrangements; (5) short-term rent, mortgage, and utility payments to prevent homelessness; (6) permanent housing placement to assist beneficiaries receiving rental assistance with the security deposits, first month?s rent and utility hook-up costs; (7) housing information services including, but not limited to, counseling, information, and referral services to assist eligible individuals and their families to locate, acquire, finance, and maintain housing; (8) resource identification to establish, coordinate and develop housing assistance resources; (9) supportive services and case management, including mental health, drug and alcohol abuse treatment and counseling, day care, nutritional services, etc.; (10) technical assistance in establishing and operating a community residence, including planning and other pre-development or pre-construction expenses; and (11) administrative costs for general management, oversight, coordination, evaluation and reporting on eligible activities (grantees can use not more than three percent of the grant amount for their administrative expenses and project sponsors can use not more than seven percent of their grant award).

Program beneficiaries must be low-income (80% of AMI) and living with HIV/AIDS.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

HOPWA offers two types of awards: (1) Formula entitlement grants: Eligible states and qualifying cities, as defined in 24 CFR 574.3, qualifying for formula allocation under HOPWA.

(2) Competitive grants: (a) States, units of local governments and nonprofit organizations for special projects of national significance; (b) States and units of local government that do not qualify for HOPWA formula allocations under the category of long-term grants; and (c) Nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for projects of national significance as a grantee, but may also serve as a project sponsor under any competitive or formula grantees.

Additional applicant eligibility may apply depending on the competitive grant opportunity.

As required by the Appropriations Acts, HUD gives funding priority to the renewal of expiring permanent supportive housing projects.

When funding is available for new competitive grants, there may be additional requirements for applicant eligibility established under the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).

Beneficiary Eligibility

Eligible beneficiaries are low income (at or below 80% the area median income) persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families.

Credentials/Documentation

Recipients must certify they meet program requirements and applicable federal requirements. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. (1) Formula entitlement grants: All HOPWA formula grantees must submit a Consolidated Plan and an Annual Action Plan that includes a comprehensive AIDS housing strategy that identifies and outlines how a community has identified local housing needs and how these federal resources will be targeted to address these local priorities. The Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan requirements are applicable for each of HUD's Community Planning and Development programs, including HOPWA. (2) Competitive grants: a. Expiring permanent supportive housing renewal grants are published through a HUD Notice that is issued annually (HUD's Appropriations Acts authorizes the Secretary to renew all expiring contracts for permanent supportive housing that initially were funded under section 854(c)(3) of AIDS Housing Act from funds made available in FY2010 and prior fiscal years that meet all program requirements before awarding funds for new competitive grant applications). b. Funding announcements for new HOPWA competitive grants are published on grants.gov. Applications may be submitted electronically when new competitive HOPWA funding opportunities become available. The most recent competitive announcement was the VAWA/HOPWA Project Demonstration NOFA (FR-5900-N-11) published August 24, 2015.

Award Procedures

(1) Formula entitlement grants: The HUD field office reviews the grantee's Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan and, upon plan approval, prepares the grant agreement. (2) Competitive grants: Based upon the requirements published in the Renewal Notice or NOFA, respondents are notified of acceptance or rejection.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

AIDS Housing Opportunity Act, 42 U.S.C. 12901 et seq., Title 24, Part 574.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

(1) Formula entitlement grants: Each jurisdiction should submit its consolidated plan to HUD at least 45 days before the start of its program year. In no event will HUD accept a submission earlier than November 15 or later than August 16 of the federal fiscal year for which the grant funds are appropriated. The plan will be deemed approved 45 days after HUD receives the plan, unless before that date HUD has notified the jurisdiction that the plan is disapproved. If the plan is disapproved, the jurisdiction may revise or resubmit a plan within 45 days after the first notification of disapproval. HUD must respond to approve or disapprove the plan within 30 days of receiving the revisions or resubmission. (2) Competitive Grants: Depending on the published Renewal Notice or NOFA, from 30 to 120 days.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

HUD issues an annual Notice that solicits applications for expiring permanent supportive housing renewal grant applications. Application deadlines vary during the fiscal year.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Chapter 24, Part 574. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grant funds should be expended in a timely manner or may be subject to deobligation. Grant funding should be expended within a three-year period from the date of the executed grant agreement. Program requirements provide competitive grants with the allowance of a one year extension, if approved by HUD. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

HOPWA formula and competitive grantees are required to submit annual performance reports.

Formula grantees are required to submit a Consolidated Plan and an Annual Action Plan that outlines how HOPWA program resources are to be targeted to address the housing needs of individuals and their families living with HIV/AIDS.

The Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) is required of formula grantees and provides annual performance reporting on households served that enables an assessment of grantee performance in promoting the housing stability of program beneficiaries.

The CAPER, in conjunction with the Integrated Disbursement Information System (IDIS), fulfills statutory and regulatory program reporting requirements.

No cash reports are required.

The Annual Progress Report (APR) is required of competitive grantees and provides more details in which to assess grantee performance in promoting the housing stability of program beneficiaries.

In FY2016, all grantees ceased to use IDIS for reporting program activities and only submitted a paper-based APR.

IDIS will continue to be used for financial transactions.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

HUD field offices conduct annual risk assessments of all program grantees to identify and target program compliance monitoring to be conducted during the federal fiscal year.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.

Records

HOPWA grantees must ensure that program records are maintained for a four-year period to document compliance with program requirements. Grantees must maintain current and accurate data on the race and ethnicity of program participants.

Financial Information

Account Identification

86-0308-0-1-604.

Obigations

(Formula Grants) FY 16 $335,000,000; FY 17 est $356,000,000; and FY 18 est $330,000,000 - Total HOPWA funding (90% Formula Entitlement and 10% Competitive).

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

HOPWA formula grant awards: In FY2016, the 139 HOPWA formula eligible metropolitan statistical areas received an estimated average award amount of $1,984,102. HOPWA competitive grant awards: In FY2017, the 32 eligible permanent supportive housing renewal grants received award amounts between $420,902 and $1,441,159 with an average award amount of $1,185,856.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Final Rule at 24 CFR 574, as amended; and Consolidated Plan Final Rule at 24 CFR part 91.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None. Designated Community Planning and Development staff in HUD Headquarters and in local field offices as listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Rita Flegel 451 7th Street SW , Washington, District of Columbia 20410 Email: Rita.H.Flegel@hud.gov Phone: 202-402-5374

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

For formula entitlement grants, the grantee's Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan are reviewed according to criteria set forth in 24 CFR 91. For competitive grants, applications are reviewed according to requirements set forth in the renewal Notice or NOFA rating factors.



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