Date Published: October 2014
The AIDS Housing Opportunity Act of 1992 and the HOPWA regulations 24 CFR 574.440 require that grantees and project sponsors protect the privacy of those receiving HOPWA assistance. HOPWA grantees should include provisions within each project sponsor agreement or contract outlining the confidentiality requirements for any recipient of HOPWA funds. Examples of best practices include:
HUD advises that agencies use unit numbers only or unique identifiers on each rental check. This practice may be particularly suitable if additional precautions are warranted as it provides a method to shield identifying information from agency staff who may not need to know participants’ HIV status. Furthermore, if an agency or program name, logo, motto, or slogan identifies it as a provider of HIV/AIDS services, the organization must mask that information. It is prohibited to issue housing assistance checks from bank accounts that reference “HOPWA”, “HIV” or “AIDS” in the name.
For more information, see the HOPWA Confidentiality User Guide, pp. 14-16.