What is HOPWA?
The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program was established under the AIDS Housing Opportunities Act (42 U.S.C. 12901) in 1990 and amended by the Housing Community Development Act of 1992. The program is designed to provide States and localities with the resources and incentives to devise long-term comprehensive strategies for meeting the housing needs of low-income persons with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and their families.  The City partners with non-profit agencies whose purpose is to serve these clients with specialized case management and housing.

Who is eligible to receive HOPWA funded services?
Eligible persons and programs must reside within the Paradise Eligible Metropolitan Statistical Area ("EMSA"). The Paradise EMSA consists of the cities of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Boulder City, Henderson, Blue Diamond, Mesquite, Searchlight, Moapa, Overton, Bunkerville, Cal Nev Ari, Coyote Springs, Indian Springs, Jean, Laughlin, Logandale, Moapa, Sloan, and Clark County.

How do I qualify to apply for HOPWA funds?
The applicant, who must provide services and HIV/AIDS case management, is responsible for submitting a proposal that complies with the criteria established for submission in the application. Eligible activities include:

  • Rental assistance
  • Short-Term Rent, Mortgage, and Utility (STRMU) Assistance
  • Operating Costs for Housing
  • Permanent Housing Placement
  • Supportive Services
  • Permanent Housing acquisition and minor rehab
  • Administrative Costs

For more information about HOPWA funds, please call the Office of Community Services at (702) 229-2330.

For general agency evaluation criteria, click here.  This document asks pertinent questions that every agency should be aware of in order to apply for grant funds.


The application process for FY 15/16 will open on Jan. 13, 2015.  Applications are available through ZoomGrants, an online paperless process.  You will find links below for information relating to the HOPWA Program and the application process.

Apply for 2014-2015 HOPWA Online (Click here for a direct link to Zoom Grants)
All applicants for HOPWA must use this on-line system.  No paper applications will be accepted.

Basic Information:

  • All agencies must be an IRS 501 C(3) or (4) Non-Profit in good standing to apply.
  • Agencies must have been in business at least one year prior to the application release date.
  • To apply for HOPWA funds, agencies must serve clients who are HIV or AIDS and must provide HIV case management and/or direct housing services.
  • Agencies must have a minimum 25% match which can be agency cash or committed funds.
  • Agencies must be in good standing with the Nevada Secretary of State’s Office.
  • Agencies must have a current City of Las Vegas Business License for the address where the services will be provided.
  • Agencies must have a current City of Las Vegas Business License for the address where the services will be provided.

Potential applicants for the City of Las Vegas HOPWA program should review the eligibility criteria, program regulations, policies and procedures found in the HOPWA Program Project Sponsor Manual. (link below)

Important Dates:

  • Application Release:  Jan. 13, 2015
  • Application Submission Deadline:  Feb. 6, 2015 by noon 
  • Late applications will not be accepted under any circumstance.

No HOPWA Technical Assistance meetings.

For more information on Technical Assistance Meetings, please see the Application Manual

Application Process

After the submission deadline, PRNS staff reviews all applications for applicant and project eligibility.  Applicants are sent a letter of explanation if the application is ineligible for HOPWA funding.  All eligible applications are made available to the Community Development Recommending Board (CDRB) members.  The CDRB is a citizen board appointed by Mayor and City Council.  The CDRB review the applications and listen to oral presentations (usually in February and early March) in order to assist with funding recommendations, which are provided to Mayor and City Council for final approval at a City Council meeting.  The City Council makes the final decision on HOPWA project allocations, typically in April.  The HOPWA grant funding year runs July 1st through June 30th. 

Informal notices of application availability are emailed to individuals and organizations who have requested to be on the Grant release emailing list.  Call (702) 229-4912 or email Shawn Bolster - sbolster@lasvegasnevada.gov to request to be added to the notification list.  Formal Notice of the Availability of Funds and release of applications is published in the Las Vegas Review Journal.

Contact Information

495. S. Main St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101 (Map)
Phone: (702) 229-2330

Business Hours: Monday to Thursday 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., CLOSED Friday

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