Housing for Persons Living with HIV/AIDS [September 27, 2016]   [open pdf - 882KB]

"Since the beginning of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) epidemic in the early 1980s, many individuals living with the disease have had difficulty finding affordable, stable housing. [...] Congress recognized the housing needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS when it approved the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program in 1990 as part of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act (P.L. 101-625). The HOPWA program, administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), funds short-term and permanent housing, together with supportive services, for individuals living with HIV/AIDS and their families. In addition, a small portion of funds appropriated through the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program, administered by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), may be used to fund short-term housing for those living with HIV/AIDS. In FY2016, Congress appropriated $335 million for HOPWA as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act (P.L. 114-113). This was $5 million more than was appropriated in FY2015, and equaled the peak HOPWA funding level of $335 million in FY2010. [...] For years the formula used to distribute the bulk of HOPWA funds was an issue considered by both the Administration and Congress. [...] On July 29, 2016, Congress changed the HOPWA formula as part of the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016 (P.L. 114-201). Going forward, the distribution of HOPWA formula funds will be based on people living with HIV or AIDS."

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CRS Report for Congress, RL34318
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