In September 2011, The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded nearly $9 million in Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) competitive grant funding to seven Integrated HIV/AIDS Housing Plan (IHHP) grantees in communities across the country. The IHHP grantees were funded to provide housing assistance and supportive services to low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) and their families. In addition to providing housing and services to eligible HOPWA beneficiaries, the grantees received funding to improve the coordination of HIV housing and services in their communities and streamline access to other existing local services and resources for PLWHA through community-wide strategies.
The HOPWA IHHP initiative was developed in response to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy‘s call for enhanced collaboration at all levels to achieve its goals. The IHHP grantees worked to accomplish the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy through improved community planning, resource utilization, and service integration, including actions to increase collaborative efforts with health care systems, Homeless Continuums of Care, affordable housing programs, employment programs, and other mainstream non-HOPWA resources. The seven projects were funded to become replicable models of improved coordination of housing and care for PLWHA.
The grantees submitted a final Integrated HIV/AIDS Housing Plan report at the end of the three year grant period. The reports detailed each grantee’s successes and challenges in their coordination and integration efforts, and outlined the systems changes to the delivery of housing and services that occurred over the grant period. Collaborative Solutions, Inc. developed a final report that highlights the strategies and outcomes for six of the IHHP grantees. View the full report.
The six grantees are featured below with a description of their IHHP projects and links to information on their strategies and outcomes.