Who is Eligible for HOPWA

  1. Any person with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or related diseases
  2. An individual or family of low-income

HOPWA Eligible Services/Activities

  • Housing assistance - in the form of tenant-based or project-based rental assistance; acquisition; rehab; conversion, lease, and repair to facilities; new construction, and short-term rent, mortgage, and utility payments (to prevent homelessness)
  • Supportive services – health; mental health; assessment; permanent housing placement; drug and alcohol abuse treatment and counseling; daycare; personal assistance; nutritional services; intensive care (when required); employment and education services; and assistance gaining access to local, State, and Federal benefits and services


Each year the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene publishes data on HIV cases.  This data is used to determine how the HOPWA award is allocated to jurisdictions in the Baltimore EMSA.  The City of Baltimore has contracted with localities within the EMSA annually, in order for each jurisdiction to participate in the responsibility in addressing the housing needs of PLWHA in their communities.  Due to a number of regulatory requirements, it has remained in the City’s best interest to allow jurisdictions to provide the services under HOPWA to eligible persons, as the City provides oversight of the provision of services.