HOPWA grantee community-wide HIV/AIDS housing plans
While no statutory
mandates exist, the Department of Housing and Urban Development
encourages HOPWA grantees to develop community–wide strategies
and partner with area nonprofits to provide housing assistance
and supportive services for eligible persons. Many
communities utilize HOPWA technical assistance funding to
develop HIV/AIDS Housing plans which bring together local
housing and healthcare providers and other interested
stakeholders to identify HIV/AIDS housing need and devise
strategies to address it.
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Ryan White CARE Act planning
processes are available on the healthcare side through the Ryan White
Planning Councils which operate by law all Title I Eligible Metropolitan
Areas (EMAs). The Planning Councils, at least one-third of the
membership of which is comprised of people living with HIV and receiving
HIV services, sets priorities for funding based on identified needs. See
Ryan White Care Act Amendments of 1996, P.L. 106-146.
Continuum of Care homeless housing assistance plans
The Continuum of Care is
the local planning process through which interested stakeholders engage
in assessing the housing and service needs of homeless people,
developing a strategic plan to meet those needs, and apply for HUD
funding through the McKinney Vento federal homeless assistance grant
program. The Continuum of Care presents an opportunity for AIDS housing
advocates not already engaged in the process to participate in
identifying needs, establishing priorities and generally assuring
resources are dedicated to people with HIV/AIDS. See HUD’s
Continuum of Care Planning and Implementation.
10-Year plans to end homelessness
As a result of the
federal government’s 2001 goal to end chronic homelessness in ten years,
plans have now been adopted by over 100 states and localities across the
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planning processes present a unique opportunity to identify and
address housing for people living with HIV/AIDS as a powerful
homelessness and HIV prevention intervention. For more
information visit the National Alliance to End Homelessness's
page on 10-Year Plans.
Consolidated Plan (ConPlan) process for core HUD programs
The Consolidated Plan (ConPlan)
combines planning and application requirements for HUD’s four block
grant programs, including Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS
(HOPWA). The ConPlan provides a key opportunity to influence
deployment of federal resources at the local level for housing
and housing-related services for people with HIV/AIDS.
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authorities must adopt 5 year plans (with annual updates) that include
statements of housing needs, financial resources, capital improvement
needs, demolition and disposition plans and conversion plans. The
housing authority is required to conduct “reasonable” outreach to
encourage broad public participation and conduct a public hearing.
Vocal and active participation by HIV/AIDS housing advocates in the PHA
planning process holds the potential for more public housing and section
8 resource set-asides for people with HIV/AIDS. See the Quality Housing
and Work Responsibility Act of 1998; P.L.105-276; Oct. 21, 1998; 24 CFR