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Housing

Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA)
(U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development)
The HOPWA program is the only federal program dedicated to the housing needs of people living with HIV/AIDS. Under the HOPWA program, HUD makes grants to local communities, states, and nonprofit organizations for projects that benefit low-income people living with HIV/AIDS and their families. There are currently six HOPWA-funded service agencies in our state.

Housing Resources & Trainings

  • Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)
    Housing is an important component of helping individuals living with HIV/AIDS to successfully manage their health. Having safe and stable housing has been shown to assist with adhering to treatment and improving overall client health. The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program is the only federal program dedicated specifically to supporting housing for persons living with HIV (PLWH). While the HOPWA program is available throughout Michigan, it operates a little differently depending on where you live. This workshop gives an overview of HOPWA eligibility, the services available through Michigan's three HOPWA programs, contact information, and additional resource links. This workshop was a part of the 2021 HIV & Housing Summit.
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  • Understanding Coordinated Entry and the role of Housing Assessment and Resource Agencies (HARA)
    An effective and efficient Coordinated Entry System is critical in the work to end homelessness. If we want to make homelessness rare, brief, and one-time for anyone who experiences it, we must have a homeless response system that is accessible, offers quick assessment and triage services, and is able to prioritize resources for those who have the most acute service needs. In Michigan, the local Housing Assessment and Resource Agency (HARA) plays a critical role in the homeless response system and is a valuable resource for gaining access to services and supports for those experiencing or who are at risk of experiencing homelessness. This session details the core components of an effective Coordinated Entry System and also provides general information on services the HARA is responsible for providing in the work to end homelessness. This session was a part of the 2021 HIV & Housing Summit.
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  • Resources and How to Navigate Them
    This training will look at resources and support services for PLWH seeking housing, as well as assist both clients and case managers with how to navigate various scenarios. Participants will learn more about why this work matters, what is involved in the homeless response system, and how to access and utilize their local Housing Assessment Resource Agency (HARA), 2-1-1, and MI Bridges, all in the hopes of providing increased housing stability for their clients.
  • Overcoming Housing Barriers
    This training will take a look at the most common housing barriers, from evictions to felonies to bad credit, and provide participants with ways to overcome these barriers.
  • Empowering Clients Through the Housing Process
    Participants will learn about tenant housing responsibilities, developing strong landlord relationships, and how to have difficult conversations between clients and landlords. Information on financial responsibility and budgeting will also be provided.
    • 1m39s - 53m28s: Fair Housing Center (Pam Kisch) - Handout
    • 53m29s - 1h57m58s: Leases & Rental Agreements (Kay Simmons) - Handout
    • 1h58m13s - 2h54m52s: CSH Difficult Conversations Learner Guide (Jasmine Lewis) - Handout
    Additional Handouts