The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program provides housing assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. This assistance can include chemical dependency treatment, mental health treatment, nutritional services, job training and placement assistance, and assistance with daily living. The HOPWA program also provides housing assistance and supportive services for low-income persons with HIV/AIDS and their families. Administered by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Division of Community Affairs, HOPWA enables eligible persons with HIV/AIDS and their families to secure decent, safe and sanitary housing in the private rental market by subsidizing a portion of the household's monthly rent. Assisted households are responsible for approximately 30% of their adjusted monthly income for rent and utilities. The program pays the balance of the rent to the landlord.
Just recently, Joe was contacted by one of our outreach workers while sleeping in a deserted area close to the freeway. Joe told us that he had fallen on hard times, dealing with his HIV status and maintaining his sobriety has proven to be too much. We provided Joe with the necessary assistance to help him back into housing and off the streets, and we connected him into our other programs to get him back on treatment for his HIV.
The need for these services in the Antelope Valley area grows every year as the stock of affordable housing diminishes, and as additional homeless housing support, along with property owners willing to accept third party checks, continues to decline. More than 70% of the clients assisted by The Catalyst Foundation were homeless and sleeping on the streets and/or suffering from past traumas, mental health issues, or dealing other unforeseeable issues with their health, causing financial hardships. Many of these clients want to remain in the AV because the move here has allowed them to create new beginnings; however, with limited resources we are often forced to seek assistance for clients in areas they are attempting to move away from.
Nevertheless, The Catalyst Foundation will continue to seek the best possible outcomes for all of our clients as they seek to improve their lives. It’s just what we do.
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Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA)