HIV/AIDS Housing

The Federal Housing Opportunities for Persons with HIV/AIDS (HOPWA) Program is designed to increase affordable housing opportunities and stabilize the housing situations of people living with HIV/AIDS. Funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are made available to local governments to provide grant and loan programs to assist low income residents with HIV/AIDS.

There is an AHIP program and two HOPWA grants operated in Alameda County.

30th anniversary logo for HOPWA
  • The AIDs Information Project (AHIP) is administered by Eden I & R.
  • The first HOPWA is a formula grant provided to the City of Oakland for all of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. The City contracts with each County to provide programs for their residents. The City of Oakland contracts with the Community Development Agency/Housing and Community Development Department (HCD) to administer the HOPWA Program and spend HOPWA funds in Alameda County. HCD has administered this program since 1993. The annual grant amount changes each year. Funding priorities are based on the 5-Year Consolidated Plan of the City of Oakland. For more information visit the City of Oakland Housing and Community Development Consolidated Plans.
  • The second is a Special Project of National Significances (SPNS) Grant that Alameda County received to provide a shallow rent subsidy program to approximately 120 individuals and their families.

Information and Referrals

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Alameda County contracts with Eden I&R to run the Aids Housing and Information Project (AHIP) to provide Information and Referral services to the HIV/AIDS community about affordable and emergency housing opportunities. The program has been in place since the early 1990s and serves between 250-400 clients a year.

AHIP works closely with AIDS service organizations and case managers through Alameda County to serve people living with HIV/AIDS, their families, and caregivers. The AHIP Coordinator assess needs, makes appropriate referrals to housing and social services, and will follow up to ensure the needs are addressed. For more information please visit the AHIP Website, the 211 Website, or call 510‑537‑2600, or Toll Free: 877‑424‑3746.

Pocket Guide for HIV/Aids Information and Referral (pdf)

Are you living with HIV and at risk of losing your current housing?

The City of Oakland is now administering the Short-term Rental, Mortgage, and Utility (STRMU) Assistance Program as of July 1, 2023.