The City of Virginia Beach Department of Housing & Neighborhood Preservation (DHNP) is making available $972,537 for eligible activities and $73,201 for administrative costs, totaling $1,045,738, for the 2015-16 Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) Program.
The HOPWA funds may be used to assist all forms of housing designed to prevent homelessness including emergency housing, shared housing arrangements, apartments, single room occupancy (SRO) dwellings, and community residences. The following activities may be carried out with HOPWA funds:
- Housing information services;
- Resource identification to establish, coordinate and develop housing assistance resources for eligible persons;
- Acquisition, rehabilitation, conversion, lease, and repair of facilities to provide housing and services;
- New construction (for SRO dwellings and community residences only);
- Project or tenant-based rental assistance, including assistance for shared housing arrangements;
- Short-term rent, mortgage, and utility payments to prevent the homelessness of the tenant or mortgagor of a dwelling;
- Supportive services;
- Operating costs for housing;
- Technical assistance in establishing and operating a community residence;
- permanent housing placement to assist beneficiaries receiving rental assistance with the security deposits, first month’s rent and utility hook-up costs; and
- No more than seven percent of the amounts received may be used for administrative costs.
Eligible applicants must be a nonprofit (including faith-based organizations) or governmental housing agency serving homeless individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS in any of the following localities: Chesapeake, Gloucester, Hampton, Isle of Wight, James City, Mathews, Norfolk, Newport News, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Surry, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, York, and Currituck County, North Carolina.