HOPWA funding provides housing assistance and related supportive services and grantees are encouraged to develop community-wide strategies and form partnerships with area nonprofit organizations. HOPWA funds may be used for a wide range of housing, social services, program planning, and development costs. These include, but are not limited to, the acquisition, rehabilitation, or new construction of housing units; costs for facility operations; rental assistance; and short-term payments to prevent homelessness. HOPWA funds also may be used for health care and mental health services, chemical dependency treatment, nutritional services, case management, assistance with daily living, and other supportive services.
The State of West Virginia, through the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO), is the Applicant and lead jurisdiction of this collaborative and collective group of four project sponsors. OEO demonstrated in the HOPWA grants its commitment to assist the State’s three existing HOPWA sponsors. The project sponsors for the HOPWA program are: Covenant House in Charleston, Community Networks in Martinsburg, and Caritas House in Morgantown. The State’s collaborative umbrella of assistance to low income and homeless West Virginians with HIV/AIDS and their families occurred through establishing and providing a scattered site approach.