HUD – Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) – Project Demonstration

Applications Due: October 23, 2015, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time

Description: The VAWA/HOPWA Project Demonstration is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of HIV/AIDS Housing (OHH) and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). Through the VAWA/HOPWA Demonstration, OHH and OVW intend to learn about obstacles and promising practices for system alignment, service coordination, and intervention design, and also potentially use those lessons as a model for future interagency collaboration and to improve existing programs. Successful applicants under this NOFA will carry out innovative projects that will work to improve cross-agencyplanning, resource utilization, and service integration among HIV/AIDS housing providers and sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking service providers.

Selected applicants will provide housing assistance and supportive services to low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS who are homeless, or in need of transitional housing or other housing assistance, as a result of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking; and for whom emergency shelter services or other crisis intervention services are unavailable or insufficient. Each successful applicant under this demonstration will receive two separate one-time only, non-renewable grants from HUD: (1) a HOPWA grant, and (2) a Transitional Housing Assistance Program grant. The HOPWA grant will be used to fund housing assistance for program beneficiaries, coordination and planning activities, and grant management and administration of the HOPWA award. The Transitional Housing Assistance Program grant will be used to pay for supportive services for program beneficiaries and for grant management and administration of the Transitional Housing Assistance Program award.

Funding Title:  Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) – Project Demonstration

Agency Name:    Department of Housing and Urban Development

Funding Instrument Type:     Grant

Express Language for Legal Aid: Yes. Supportive services will be funded through the Transitional Housing Assistance for Victims of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking grants under this demonstration. As such, the rules and regulations of that program apply to the supportive service funds. The FY 2015 grant solicitation for the Transitional Housing Assistance Program says this about legal services: “Grant funds for legal services will be limited to those legal services that are necessary to a victim of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking to locate and secure permanent housing, and to integrate into a community, such as legal services regarding housing, protection orders, and limited immigration matters that may affect a victim’s ability to obtain housing (such as U-visas). Funds under this grant program may not be used for comprehensive, long-term legal assistance, such as divorce or child custody.”

Target Population: Low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS who are homeless, or in need of transitional housing or other housing assistance, as a result of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking; and for whom emergency shelter services or other crisis intervention services are unavailable or insufficient.

Expected Number of Awards: 9

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:    No

How to Apply: An electronic copy of the Application Package and Application Instructions for this NOFA can be downloaded from Grants.gov at http://www.grants.gov/applicants/apply-for-grants.html. Unless an applicant received a waiver for good cause, applications must be submitted electronically via Grants.gov except Continuum of Care applications. The Continuum of Care application is submitted through HUD’s e-snaps system.

An applicant demonstrating good cause may request a waiver from the requirement for electronic submission.

Applicants that cannot submit their applications electronically and must seek a waiver of the electronic grant submission requirements must submit a waiver request so that the request is received at least 15 days before the application deadline. If HUD waives the requirement, your paper application must be received by HUD before the application deadline. If HUD waives the requirement, your paper application must be received by HUD before the deadline of this NOFA. To request a waiver and receive a paper copy of the application materials, you should contact:

Office of HIV/AIDS Housing

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

451 Seventh Street, SW

Room 7248

Washington, DC 20410

Email: HOPWA@hud.gov

Current Closing Date for Applications:  October 23, 2015, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time

Estimated Total Program Funding:  $9,109,000

Award Ceiling:  $1,300,000 Per Project Period

Award Floor:   $625,000 Per Project Period

Eligible Applicants: Eligible applicants for funding under this NOFA are States, units of local government, and nonprofit organizations. Because selected applicants will receive a HOPWA grant and a Transitional Housing Assistance Program grant, eligibility under this demonstration will be limited to entities that are eligible to receive grant funding under both programs.

Priority Consideration: 

Policy and Regulations on Use of Funds:   Here

Current/Past Funding Recipients:

Samples of Successful Application:

Link to Full Announcement:  Here

Contact Information: HUD staff will be available to provide clarification on the content of this NOFA. Please note that HUD staff cannot assist applicants in preparing their applications. Questions regarding specific program requirements should be directed to the point of contact listed below.

Questions about this NOFA should be directed to:

(1) Amy Palilonis, Community Planning and Development Specialist, Office of HIV/AIDS Housing

Mailing Address: 451 7th Street SW, Room 7248, Washington, DC 20410-7000

Phone: 202-402-5916 (this is not a toll-free number)

Email: Amy.L.Palilonis@hud.gov; or

(2) Lisa Steinhauer, Management Analyst, Office of HIV/AIDS Housing

Mailing Address: 451 7th Street SW, Room 7248, Washington, DC 20410-7000

Phone: 202-402-5181 (this is not a toll-free number)

Email: Lisa.A.Steinhauer@hud.gov

Questions concerning the General Section should be directed to the Office of Strategic Planning and Management,

Grants Management and Oversight Division at 202-708-0667 (this is not a toll-free number).

Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access these numbers via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay

Service at 800-877-8339.

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Categories: Domestic Violence, Express Language for Legal Aid, Government Organizations, HIV/AIDS, Homeless, Housing, HUD, New Opportunities, Non-profit Organizations, Pass-Through Funds/ Block Grants, Sexual Assault, Subgrant Possibilities, Victims of Crime

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