The HOPWA program was established by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to address the specific needs of low income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families. HOPWA is a "needs-based" program, therefore clients must provide verifiable documents of their inability to make their monthly housing payments.
The City of Orlando is the grantee for the Orlando Eligible Metropolitan Statistical Area (EMSA) which includes Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. The City contracts with various agencies throughout the EMSA to provide HOPWA services to eligible persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families.
If you or a member of your family is having difficulty maintaining housing due to HIV/AIDS, HOPWA may be able to help.
Due to the fact that we will be receiving many inquiries for our services, it is important that the proper linkage is established between the clients and the services. Referral & Linkage will allow us to refer and provide clients with the right services that are tailored to their needs.
- Five small grouip sessions with men and women with HIV/AIDS
- Seperate sessions for men and women in English and Creole
- Make healthier decisions
- Discuss disclosure of status to family, friends and sex partners.
Due to the diverse nature of our communities and the population we serve, the research and evaluation department will play an important role in initially providing management the necessary data on health issues in order to make intelligent decisions on program implementation. Instead of initiating an evaluation process at the end of the programs, we will evaluate communities and populations before the any program starts. We will also conduct intensive research of each population we serve and develop logical rationale as to what programs and services would be best suited to these populations. The R&E department will also write and publish peer review articles, in addition to grant writing. Documenting and understanding demographic nuances and changes will help us in our intervention.
The R&E department will focus on the following:
This project promotes healthy behavior through public awareness campaigns via radio, community outreach, health fairs, a walking club, screenings and educational sessions. Closing the Gap in 2009 funded the Walking Club.
As studies indicate, African-Americans, especially women, face the highest risk of death from heart disease and stroke, but they have the lowest risk factor awareness of any racial or ethnic group. The Heart and Soul Project was launched in 2003 with the goal to increase awareness and reduce the impact of cardiovascular disease risk factors African Americans, Haitians and other Blacks from the Caribbean Island Islands age 20 and above.
Through a variety of targeted outreach strategies and culturally sensitive educational activities, we aim to increase the proportion of adults who are aware of the early warning symptoms and signs of a heart attack and the importance of calling 911; are at a healthy weight; and engage regularly (preferably daily) in moderate physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day.
Health Education and Risk Reduction will provide our clients with services that allow them to make the necessary adjustments in their lifestyle in order to improve their health. While clients will be provided with the proper services to improve their health situation, they will also be exposed to services (education and mentorship) that will reduce their risk of increased morbidity.