• DSHS HIV/STD Program

    Post Office Box 149347, MC 1873
    Austin, Texas 78714

    Phone: (737) 255-4300

    Email the HIV/STD Program

    Email 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 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 activities:

  • 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.

  • Facility-Based Housing Assistance (FBHA) - All eligible HOPWA housing assistance 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 limits the use of FBHA to Short-Term Supportive Housing (STSH) and Transitional Supportive Housing (TSH) services.

  • 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.

  • Housing Case Management - Housing Case Management is considered a central component of HOPWA supportive services and key to successful program outcomes for housing stability and access to care. “Housing case management” simply means that the central emphasis of a case manager’s work with a household is placed on housing issues, including evaluation of housing options, housing stability, and housing specific goals. Housing Case Management may be provided in conjunction with housing assistance services or as a standalone service.

  • 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 on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, 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). 

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 December 18, 2018, DSHS updated the DSHS HOPWA Program forms. Full implementation is required by February 1, 2019. 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 : 852 kB)
Determining Household Annual Gross Income (Word : 132 kB)
Determining Household Annual Adjusted Income (Word : 78 kB)

Program Forms

DSHS HOPWA Program - Program Enrollment Forms
File Structure Checklist (Word : 54 kB)
Form A Self-Declaration of Income (English) (Word : 22 kB)
Form A Self-Declaration of Income (Spanish) (Word : 22 kB)
Form B Self-Declaration of Residency (English) (Word : 23 kB)
Form B Self-Declaration of Residency (Spanish) (Word : 23 kB)
Form C Household Income Eligibility Worksheet (Excel : 157 kB)
Form D HOPWA Program Agreement (English) (Word : 27 kB)
Form D HOPWA Program Agreement (Spanish) (Word : 28 kB)
Form E Demographic and Statistical Data (Word : 33 kB)
Form F Consent to Release and/or Obtain Confidential Information (English) (Word : 19 kB)
Form F Consent to Release and/or Obtain Confidential Information (Spanish) (Word : 19 kB)
Form G Housing Quality Standards Certification (English) (Word : 35 kB)
Form G Housing Quality Standards Certification (Spanish) (Word : 34 kB)

DSHS HOPWA Program - Service Forms
TBRA and/or TSH
Form H/I Rental Assistance Workbook (Excel : 157 kB)
Form J Housing Choice Voucher/Other Affordable Housing Waiver (Word : 18 kB)
Form K1 STRMU Tracking Worksheet (Excel : 369 kB)
Form K2 STSH Tracking Worksheet (Excel : 223 kB)
Form L PHP Intent to Lease Worksheet (Word : 22 kB)
Supportive Services
Form M Budget Worksheet (Excel : 34 kB)
Form N Housing Plan (English) (Excel : 24 kB)
Form N Housing Plan (Spanish) (Excel : 25 kB)

DSHS HOPWA Program - Interim Recertification Forms (if applicable)
Form O Interim Recertification Worksheet (English) (Word : 24 kB)
Form O Interim Recertification Worksheet (Spanish) (Word : 25 kB)

DSHS HOPWA Program - Outcome Data and Program Disenrollment Forms
Form P Service Outcome Assessment and Program Disenrollment Worksheet (Word : 31 kB)

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Materials

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Materials
VAWA Certification Form (English) (Word : 29 kB)
VAWA Certification Form (Spanish) (Word : 28 kB)
VAWA Emergency Transfer Form (English) (Word : 30 kB)
VAWA Emergency Transfer Form (Spanish) (Word : 30 kB)
VAWA Emergency Transfer Plan (English) (Word : 27 kB)
VAWA Emergency Transfer Plan (Spanish) (Word : 27 kB)
VAWA Lease Addendum (English) (Word : 34 kB)
VAWA Lease Addendum (Spanish) (Word : 34 kB)
VAWA Notice of Occupancy Rights (English) (Word : 30 kB)
VAWA Notice of Occupancy Rights (Spanish) (Word : 33 kB)

Reporting Documents

DSHS HOPWA Program Reporting Documents
Program Progress Report (PPR) for Project Sponsors (Excel : 147 kB)
Program Progress Report (PPR) for Administrative Agencies (Word : 69 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 : 14 kB)
Reallocation Request for Administrative Agencies (Excel : 25 kB)
Project Sponsor Data Sheet (Word : 26 kB)

Request for Proposal (RFP)/Renewal Application

DSHS HOPWA Program RFP/Renewal Application
HOPWA 2019 Contract Renewal Packet (Word : 118 kB)

Monitoring Tool

DSHS HOPWA Program Monitoring Tool
HOPWA Monitoring Tool for February 1, 2018 to January 31, 2019 (Excel : 295 kB)
HOPWA Monitoring Tool for February 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020 (Excel : 551 kB)

DSHS HOPWA Program Sample Documents

DSHS HOPWA Program Sample Documents
Sample – HOPWA Mock File (PDF : 1,338 kB)

HOPWA Program Action Plans and Annual Reports

Action Plans

Annual Reports

Last updated June 10, 2020