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Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS:  HOPWA

MFA administers the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program, a HUD formula grant for the state of New Mexico.  This program’s purpose is to provide housing assistance and related supportive services for low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families.

In NM there are three service providers who administer the HOPWA funds. 

- Southwest CARE Center 
- El Camino Real Housing Authority
- Southwestern Regional Housing and Community Development Corporation
 

Southwest CARE Center covers the northern region of the state which includes the following counties:

Bernalillo* Rio Arriba
Cibola Sandoval
Colfax San Juan
Guadalupe San Miguel
Harding Santa Fe
Los Alamos Taos
McKinley Union
Mora Valencia
Quay  

* - including the city of Albuquerque and outside of the Albuquerque city limits


El Camino Real Housing Authority covers the Southern Region I which includes the following counties:

Catron Lincoln
Chaves Luna
Curry Otero
De Baca Roosevelt
Eddy Sierra
Grant Socorro
Hidalgo Torrance
Lea  


Southwestern Regional Housing and Community Development Corporation cover the Southern Region II which includes the following county:

Doña Ana



HOPWA housing assistance consists of Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA), Short Term Rent, Mortgage and Utility payments (STRMU) and Permanent Housing Placement (PHP).

  • Tenant Based Rental Assistance is a program funded the HUD to help low-income families pay their rent and related housing expenses.
  • Short Term Rent, Mortgage and Utility assistance is a program funded by HUD designed to prevent homelessness of individuals and families by helping them remain in their own dwellings and increasing their access to supportive services.  This assistance may be in the form of rental, mortgage or utility payment.
  • Permanent Housing Placement is a program funded by HUD that may be used to pay for:
    • Applications fees and credit check expenses
    • One-time utility connections fees
    • Rental security deposits
    • First & last month’s rent
    • PHP is used to place individuals into housing not assist individuals already in housing
       



Here is the contact information for the three HOPWA service providers:

Southwest CARE Center
Executive Director - Jeff Thomas
(505) 216-0333
jthomas@southwestcare.org

Director of Specialty Services - Laurie Bauer
(505) 780-4061
lbauer@southwestcare.org

Housing Case Manager – Michael Kargas
(505) 218-8472
mkargas@southwestcare.org


El Camino Real Housing Authority
Executive Director – Maryann Chavez-Lopez
(575) 835-0196, Ext. 401
maryann@socorrohousing.org

HQS Inspection & Section 8 Manager - Geraldine Maldonado
(575) 835-0196
geraldine@socorrohousing.org


Southwestern Regional Housing and Community Development Corporation
Executive Director – Veronika Molina
(575) 546-4181
veronika@swnm.org

Program Manager – Aziza Espinoza
(575) 546-4181
aziza@swnm.org

MFA HOPWA Program Manager – Natalie Michelback
(505) 767-2272
nmichelback@housingnm.org



 

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