Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA)
The HOPWA Program was established by Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to address the specific needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families. HOPWA funds benefit low-income persons medically diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and their families. In Kern County, HOPWA program works collaboratively with the Housing Authority County of Kern (HACK), Clinica Sierra Vista (CSV) and Kern County Department of Public Health (KCDPH) in providing housing assistance and supportive services to persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families that meet the eligibility criteria.
HACK provides Tenant Based Rental Assistance Services (TBRA) to eligible clients, establishes clients’ rent and lease agreement, conducts housing inspections, recertify clients annually, provide housing information to eligible clients, maintain a waiting list and coordinate with service providers (CSV and KCDPH).
Clients are assessed by both providers (CSV and KCDPH) who make referrals to the HOPWA program or other support services in the community Support Services are offered to all clients in the HOPWA housing assistance program. Support services include case management, food assistance, transportation (bus passes), income assistance, counseling, and disability assistance, medical treatment, referrals and linkages to permanent housing (TBRA) or Shelter Plus Care and other community social services. Case management is on-going to clients receiving TBRA supportive assistance at enrollment and every six months. Both providers maintain a waiting list of clients needing services.