Ryan White Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS

Ryan White Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) is a program designed to provide housing and housing related assistance to individuals with HIV/AIDS.


A case manager at the funded agency with which ETHRA subcontracts determines eligibility. The applicant must be medically diagnosed HIV positive, be a resident of one of the 16 Tennessee counties served, have a household income of less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Level and demonstrate a need for housing assistance.


  1. Prevent homelessness of HIV/AIDS eligible clients and their families.
  2. Provide short-term assistance for HIV/AIDS affected individuals to maintain existing housing.
  3. Provide supportive services to assist in stabilizing HIV/AIDS affected individuals and their families.

Explanation of Services

ETHRA is the financial administrator for HOPWA and subcontracts with Positively Living, a not-for-profit, client based service provider to determine eligibility, assess needs and provide counseling. The focus of this program is to assist with immediate needs, which helps prevent homelessness among HIV/AIDS affected individuals and their families. The program covers short-term rent, mortgage and utility payments.

Number of Persons Served

Approximately 300 clients.

Source of Funding

U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, administered by the State of Tennessee, Department of Health.

Counties Served

Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier, and Union.

For More Information Please Contact: Pat Ford at 865-691-2551, ext. 4233 or by E-mail at Pford@ethra.org.