Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS

The DSHS Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program helps eligible 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 DSHS HIV Care and Medications Unit administers the State of Texas HOPWA formula grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). DSHS authorizes the following program activities:

  • Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) – TBRA provides an ongoing and portable rental subsidy that helps households obtain or maintain permanent housing, including assistance for shared housing arrangements, in the private rental housing market until they can enroll in the Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP) or other affordable housing programs. Under TBRA, households select a housing unit of their choice. TBRA pays the difference between the household’s calculated monthly rent payment and the rent specified in their lease agreement. 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 related to their HIV health condition or a change in their economic circumstances. STRMU helps prevent homelessness by enabling households to remain in their own homes.
  • Facility-Based Housing Assistance (FBHA) – FBHA encompasses all expenditures for or associated with supportive housing facilities including community residences, single-room occupancy (SRO) dwellings, short-term facilities, project-based rental assistance units, master leased units, and other housing facilities approved by HUD. The DSHS HOPWA Program currently limits FBHA to Short-Term Supportive Housing (STSH) and Transitional Supportive Housing (TSH) services.
  • Permanent Housing Placement (PHP) – PHP helps households access, secure, and establish a permanent residence, maintained either on their own or with the help of ongoing rental assistance. Eligible PHP housing assistance costs include, but are not limited to, application fees, first and last month’s rent, and reasonable utility and security deposits required for lease approval and occupancy.
  • Housing Case Management – Housing Case Management plays a vital role in HOPWA Supportive Services and can contribute to successful program outcomes for housing stability and access to care. “Housing case management” primarily centers around matters related to housing issues, including housing options, stability, and goals. The intensity or level of housing case management provided to a household will depend on the household’s assessed level of need.
  • Housing Information Services – Housing Information Services include, but are not limited to, counseling, information, and referral services to assist households with locating, acquiring, financing, and maintaining housing. This may also include fair housing guidance for households that have encountered discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), age, national origin, familial status, or disability.
  • Resource Identification – Resource Identification encompasses activities that establish, coordinate, and develop housing assistance resources for eligible households (including preliminary research and expenditures necessary to determine the feasibility of specific housing-related initiatives).

DSHS HOPWA Program Service Providers

Agencies across the state receiving DSHS HOPWA Program funding. Please contact your local service provider to request housing assistance.

The DSHS HOPWA Program provides standardized program forms to assist Project Sponsors with household program enrollment and service delivery. DSHS requires Project Sponsors to use the latest versions of these forms, complete them accurately, and maintain them in each household’s record. DSHS last updated these program forms on July 25, 2023 and Project Sponsors must implement them by September 1, 2023 or earlier.

Manual and Guides

The manual and guides contain an overview of the DSHS HOPWA Program. They do not replace existing guidance produced by HUD. For additional information about the HOPWA program, please visit the HUD Exchange HOPWA page.

DSHS HOPWA Program Manual and Guides

Program Forms

HOPWA Program Enrollment Forms

  File Structure Checklist
Form A Self-Declaration of Income (English/Spanish)
Form B Self-Declaration of Residency (English/Spanish)
Form C Household Income Eligibility Worksheet
Form D HOPWA Program Agreement (English/Spanish)
Form E Demographic and Statistical Data
Form F Consent to Release and/or Obtain Confidential Information (English/Spanish)
Form G Housing Quality Standards Certification

DSHS HOPWA Program – Service Forms

TBRA and/or TSH
Form H/I Rental Assistance Workbook
Form J Housing Choice Voucher/Other Affordable Housing Waiver
Form K1 STRMU Tracking Worksheet
Form K2 STSH Tracking Worksheet
Form L PHP Intent to Lease Worksheet
Supportive Services
Form M Budget Worksheet
Form N Housing Plan

HOPWA Interim Recertification Forms (if applicable)

Form O Interim Recertification Worksheet (English/Spanish)

HOPWA Outcome Data and Program Disenrollment Forms

Form P Service Outcome Assessment and Program Disenrollment Worksheet

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Materials

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Materials

VAWA Certification Form (English) | Certification Form (Spanish)
VAWA Emergency Transfer Form (English) | Emergency Transfer Form (Spanish)
VAWA Emergency Transfer Plan (English) | Emergency Transfer Plan (Spanish)
VAWA Lease Addendum (English) | Lease Addendum (Spanish)
VAWA Notice of Occupancy Rights (English) | Notice of Occupancy Rights (Spanish)

Reporting Documents

HOPWA Reporting Documents

HOPWA 2023 DSHS Categorical Budget
HOPWA 2023 DSHS Certification of Categorical Exclusion
HOPWA 2023 DSHS Exhibit A: Summary of Semi-Annual and Annual HOPWA Expenditures
HOPWA 2023 DSHS Exhibit B: Summary of Monthly HOPWA Expenditures
HOPWA 2023 DSHS Program Progress Report (PPR) for Administrative Agencies
HOPWA 2023 DSHS Program Progress Report (PPR) for Project Sponsors
HOPWA 2023 DSHS Project Sponsor Contact Information
HOPWA 2023 DSHS Project Sponsor Data Sheet
HOPWA 2023 DSHS Reallocation Request

Request for Proposal (RFP)/Renewal Application

DSHS HOPWA Program RFP/Renewal Application

HOPWA 2023 Contract Renewal Revised Application

Monitoring Tool

DSHS HOPWA Program Monitoring Tool

HOPWA Monitoring Tool for September 1, 2022 to August 31, 2023
HOPWA Monitoring Tool for September 1, 2023 to August 31, 2024

DSHS HOPWA Program Sample Documents

DSHS HOPWA Program Sample Documents

HOPWA Sample File
HOPWA Sample Tracking Tool

HOPWA Program Action Plans and Annual Reports

Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plans

Annual Reports