• DSHS HIV/STD Program

    Post Office Box 149347, MC 1873
    Austin, Texas 78714

    Phone: (512) 533-3000

    E-mail the HIV/STD Program

    E-mail data requests to HIV/STD Program - This email can be used to request data and statistics on HIV, TB, and STDs in Texas. It cannot be used to get treatment or infection history for individuals, or to request information on programs and services. Please do not include any personal, identifying health information in your email such as HIV status, Date of Birth, Social Security Number, etc.

    For treatment/testing history, please contact your local Health Department.

    For information on HIV testing and services available to Persons Living with HIV and AIDS, please contact your local HIV services organization.

HOPWA (Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS)

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program provides housing assistance and supportive services to help low-income persons living with HIV and their households establish or maintain affordable and stable housing, reduce their risk of homelessness, and improve their access to health care and supportive services.

The HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch administers the program, which is funded by annual formula grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). DSHS authorizes the following program services:

  • Tenant-based rental assistance (TBRA) - TBRA is a rental subsidy used to help households obtain permanent housing, including assistance for shared housing arrangements, in the private rental housing market. TBRA works like the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program in that the assistance pays the difference between the contractual rent to the owner and the household’s calculated rent payment. The gross rent of the proposed unit must be at or below the lower of the rent standard or the reasonable rent.

  • Short-term rent, mortgage, and utility assistance (STRMU) - STRMU provides short-term, rent, mortgage, and utility payments for households experiencing a financial crisis as a result of their HIV health condition or a change in their economic circumstances. STRMU is designed to prevent households from becoming homeless by helping them remain in their own dwellings.

  • Permanent housing placement (PHP) - PHP may be used to help households establish permanent residence in which continued occupancy is expected. Eligible costs include application fees, related credit checks, utility hookup fees and deposits, and reasonable security deposits necessary to move persons into permanent housing.

  • Supportive Services - The DSHS HOPWA Program limits the use of Supportive Service funds to housing case management, provision of smoke detectors, and basic telephone services. Supportive Services should be used to complement housing assistance services (TBRA, STRMU, and PHP) and promote housing stability, but may be provided as a standalone service.

The DSHS HOPWA Program uses standardized program and service forms to assist Project Sponsors with program enrollment and service delivery. DSHS Project Sponsors are required to use the DSHS HOPWA Program forms unless otherwise noted in the DSHS HOPWA Program Manual. On November 15, 2016, DSHS updated the DSHS HOPWA Program forms. Full implementation is required by February 1, 2017. Households enrolled before this date will be grandfathered.

 


Manual and Guides

The manual and guides provide a basic overview of the DSHS HOPWA Program and its eligible activities and requirements. They are not intended to replace existing guidance produced by HUD. Additional program information can be found on the HUD Exchange HOPWA Page.

DSHS HOPWA Program Manual and Guides
HOPWA Program Manual (Word : 611 kb)
Determining Household Annual Gross Income (Word : 162 kb)
Determining Household Annual Adjusted Income (Word : 160 kb)

 

Enrollment Packets

DSHS HOPWA Program Enrollment Packets
Program Enrollment Packet (English) (Word : 139 kb) - includes all Word documents but does not include Excel documents below
Program Enrollment Packet (Spanish) (Word : 140 kb) - includes all Word documents but does not include Excel documents below

 

DSHS HOPWA Program Individual Forms - Program Entry
  File Structure Checklist (Word : 79 kb)
Form A Self-Declaration of Income (English) (Word : 20 kb)
Form A Self-Declaration of Income (Spanish) (Word : 22 kb)
Form B Self-Declaration of Residency (English) (Word : 19 kb)
Form B Self-Declaration of Residency (Spanish) (Word : 20 kb)
Form C Household Income Eligibility Worksheet (Word : 21 kb)
Form C Household Income Eligibility Worksheet - Alternate (Excel : 170 kb)
Form D HOPWA Program Agreement (English) (Word : 19 kb)
Form D HOPWA Program Agreement (Spanish) (Word : 21 kb)
Form E Demographic and Statistical Data (Word : 24 kb)
Form F Consent to Release and/or Obtain Confidential Information (English) (Word : 18 kb)
Form F Consent to Release and/or Obtain Confidential Information (Spanish) (Word : 18 kb)
Form G Habitability Standards Certification (English) (Word : 29 kb)
Form G Habitability Standards Certification (Spanish) (Word : 30 kb)

 

DSHS HOPWA Program Individual Forms - Service Forms
TBRA
Form H TBRA Rent Standard and Rent Reasonableness Certification (Word : 22 kb)
Form I TBRA Worksheet (Excel : 80 kb)
Form J TBRA Housing Choice Voucher/Other Affordable Housing Waiver (Word : 17 kb)
STRMU
Form K STRMU Tracking Worksheet (Excel : 173 kb)
PHP
Form L PHP Intent to Lease Worksheet (Word : 20 kb)
Supportive Services
Form M Budget Worksheet (Excel : 36 kb)
Form N Housing Plan (English) (Excel : 30 kb)
Form N Housing Plan (Spanish) (Excel : 30 kb)

 

DSHS HOPWA Program Individual Forms - Interim Recertification
Form O Interim Recertification Worksheet (English) (Word : 21 kb)
Form O Interim Recertification Worksheet (Spanish) (Word : 21 kb)

 

DSHS HOPWA Program Individual Forms - Outcome Data and Program Exit
Form P Service Outcome Assessment and Program Exit Worksheet (Word : 25 kb)

 

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Materials

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Materials
VAWA Certification Form (English) (Word : 28 kb)
VAWA Certification Form (Spanish) (Word : 27 kb)
VAWA Emergency Transfer Form (English) (Word : 28 kb)
VAWA Emergency Transfer Form (Spanish) (Word : 28 kb)
VAWA Emergency Transfer Plan (English) (Word : 26 kb)
VAWA Emergency Transfer Plan (Spanish) (Word : 26 kb)
VAWA Lease Addendum (English) (Word : 32 kb)
VAWA Lease Addendum (Spanish) (Word : 33 kb)
VAWA Notice of Occupancy Rights (English) (Word : 29 kb)
VAWA Notice of Occupancy Rights (Spanish) (Word : 32 kb)

 

Reporting Documents

DSHS HOPWA Program Reporting Documents
Program Progress Report (PPR) for Project Sponsors (Excel : 133 kb)
Program Progress Report (PPR) for Administrative Agencies (Word : 68 kb)
Exhibit A: Administrative Agency summary of semi-annual and year-end HOPWA expenditures (Excel : 22 kb)
Exhibit B: Administrative Agency Summary of monthly HOPWA expenditures (Excel : 15 kb)
Reallocation Request for Administrative Agencies (Excel : 28 kb)
Project Sponsor Data Sheet (Word : 19 kb)

 

Request for Proposal (RFP)/Renewal Application

DSHS HOPWA Program RFP/Renewal Application
HOPWA 2016 Contract Renewal Packet (Word : 130 kb)

 

Monitoring Tool

DSHS HOPWA Program Monitoring Tool
HOPWA Monitoring Tool (Excel : 264 kb)

 

DSHS HOPWA Program Sample Documents

DSHS HOPWA Program Sample Documents
Project Sponsor Program Progress Report (PPR) (Annotated) (Word : 210 kb)
Sample – HOPWA Mock File (PDF : 4,418 kb)

 


HOPWA Program Action Plans and Annual Reports

Action Plans

Annual Reports

 


Last updated May 31, 2017