BY AIDS HOUSING OF WASHINGTON [ PUTNAM, SMITH, TAYBRON & WALL ] The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch is the statewide grantee and coordinator of the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program, a program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD established the HOPWA program to address the specific housing-related needs of people living with HIV/AIDS and their families. HOPWA funding provides housing assistance and related support services as part of HUD’s Consolidated Planning 
initiative and prioritizes permanent supportive housing. HUD encourages HOPWA grantees to develop community-wide strategies and form partnerships with area nonprofit organizations. DHHS received approximately $2.082 million in 2004 to provide housing and related services for people living with HIV/AIDS in 92 of the state’s 100 counties. 

In 2004, DHHS determined that better information was needed about the housing needs of people living with HIV/AIDS in North Carolina. In addition, DHHS was interested in increasing utilization of non-HOPWA funding sources among its providers as a means of increasing housing opportunities and housing stability for people living with HIV/AIDS. DHHS decided to launch a community-based needs assessment and planning process to develop an HIV/AIDS housing strategy. 

This plan covers most of the state of North Carolina, excluding the Charlotte eligible metropolitan statistical area (EMSA), the Wake County EMSA, and the former Greensboro/Winston-Salem EMSA. Funding from both HUD’s National HOPWA Technical Assistance Program and the State of North Carolina HOPWA program supported the needs assessment and planning process. Read entire Executive Summary (including reference citations)... (c) 2012 BRONEIST Consulting. All rights reserved.
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