The City of Columbia Community Development Department is requesting proposals for Fiscal Year 2019-20 for funding from Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program for the Columbia Eligible Metropolitan Statistical Area (Calhoun, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Richland, and Saluda counties).  All projects must comply with applicable federal, state, and local statutory requirements including but not limited to those set forth in Code of Federal Regulations 24 (CFR), Parts 50 and 574, as well as applicable administrative and accounting standards as set forth in Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circulars, CFR Part 200 and all City policies and procurement standards.  HUD Website:


Housing Opportunity for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) funds are authorized by the AIDS Housing Opportunity Act and as amended by the Housing and Community Development Act of 1992.  The program is designed to provide states and local jurisdictions with resources to develop long-term, comprehensive strategies for meeting the housing needs and reduction of homelessness in low-income persons with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and their families.  

The HOPWA Program provides grants for activities providing eligible housing and related supportive services to low- to moderate-income persons with HIV/AIDS and their families. Organizations interested in applying for participation as Project Sponsors under the HOPWA program must document their conformity with certain eligibility requirements. Organizations must be tax exempt under section 501 (c)(3) of the 1954 Internal Revenue Service Code and meet the statutory definition of a non-profit organization. Eligible organizations must have, among its purpose, significant activities related to providing services or housing to persons with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) or related diseases. HUD interprets the use of “related diseases” in this definition to include HIV infection. 

Eligible Beneficiaries: Eligible persons must have medical documentation of having HIV or AIDS and income that does not exceed 80 percent of the median income for the area, as determined by the Secretary of U.S. HUD.

All City of Columbia HOPWA Grant awards are made through a competitive Request For Proposal (RFP) process based on clients’ needs, gaps in services, and ability of agency to successfully implement the program.

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FY 2018-2019 Annual Action Plan Public Hearing

                                                                       CLICK HERE FOR THE DRAFT OF OUR FY2018-19 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN 

In Fiscal Year 2018-2019, the City of Columbia expects to receive continued federal funding through three U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) entitlement grants: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA).  In order to receive these HUD grants, the City of Columbia must submit an Annual Action Plan to HUD that provides the community needs, resources, priorities, and proposed activities with regard to housing, community development, economic development, and public services. The City has begun development of its FY2018-2019 Action Plan, which is due to HUD on or before May 15, 2018.

The proposed FY2018-2019 Annual Action Plan is a component of the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan that identifies resources and strategies to assist in meeting the housing and community development needs and includes plans for monitoring performance. Financial resources the City intends to have available in new entitlement grants only, are based on last year’s funding level. Estimates include $1,026,764 in CDBG funds, $617,617 in HOME funds and $1,406,384 in HOPWA funds. Other available funding sources include prior year entitlement 2014 -2017 ($199,650), estimated CDBG Revolving Loan Fund (PI) $1,124,909 and HOME Program Income $250,000.

Two (2) Public Hearings will be held:

Thursday, April 19, 2018 at the Woodforest Community Development & Education Center, 3730 N. Main St., North Main Plaza, Suite D, Columbia, SC 29203 @ 6:00 p.m. 

***Revised Date*** Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at City Council Meeting, City Hall 3rd Floor, 1737 Main St., Columbia, SC, 2920@ 6:00 p.m. 

Citizens will have the opportunity to review and comment on the proposed Annual Action Plan during the public hearings and during the 30-day public comment period: April 12, 2018 – June 20, 2018.  A summary of citizen comments will be included in the FY2018-2019 Annual Action Plan to be submitted to HUD.

The draft Annual Action Plan will be available from April 12, 2018 until June 20, 2018.   Public comments regarding the Annual Action Plan Report should be mailed to the Community Development Department, 1225 Lady St., Suite 102, Columbia, SC 29201, faxed to (803) 255-8912 or e -mailed to [email protected] For more information, please contact the Community Development Department at (803) 545-3373.