HOPWA funds are used to address the specific needs of per-sons living with HIV/AIDS and their families. The District of Columbia Department of Health (DOH), HIV/AIDS Hepatitis /STD/TB Administration (HAHSTA) is the Regional Grantee on behalf of the Washington, D.C. Eligible Metropolitan Area (EMA). The Washington, D.C. EMA comprises the District of Columbia and neighboring
counties: Suburban and Rural Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Rural West Virginia.
The Housing Authority of Prince George’s County is the HIV/AIDS Administrator for Suburban Maryland. This region includes Prince George’s County, Calvert County, and Charles County.
HUD distributes HOPWA funds using a statutory formula that relies on AIDS statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Three quarters of HOPWA formula funding is awarded to qualified states and Metro-politan areas with the highest number of AIDS cases. One quarter of the formula funding is awarded to Metropolitan areas that have a higher than average per capita incidence of AIDS.
Greater Washington Urban League and Suburban Mary-land Tri-County Community Action Committee operate the HOPWA programs in collaboration with nonprofit organi-zations that help clients meet their daily needs for housing, mental health, substance abuse treatment, and other sup-portive services. Each HOPWA agency assists participants toward self-sufficiency by providing referrals to job training and rehabilitation programs.
For more information on the HOPWA program please con-tact Tangene Sumlin-Owens, Project Administrator, 301-883-5548