HOPWA

RAIN offers a variety of housing services to individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS under the HOPWA (Housing Opportunities for Persons Living With HIV/AIDS) Program. Funding through the Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency allows RAIN Oklahoma to provide services in the 405 and 580 area codes of Oklahoma.  

  1. Short-Term Rent, Mortgage, and Utility Assistance
  2. Transitional Housing for Homeless Persons
  3. Permanent Housing Placement
  4. Housing Case Management

For more information contact our Housing Specialist, Charla Stevenson.

HOPWA funding provides housing assistance and related supportive services and grantees are encouraged to develop community-wide strategies and form partnerships with area nonprofit organizations. 

HOPWA funds may be used for a wide range of housing, social services, program planning, and development costs. These include, but are not limited to, the acquisition, rehabilitation, or new construction of housing units; costs for facility operations; rental assistance; and short-term payments to prevent homelessness. 

HOPWA funds also may be used for health care and mental health services, chemical dependency treatment, nutritional services, case management, assistance with daily living, and other supportive services.

U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development

Institutional Discharge Assistance

Transitioning from a homeless shelter or a social service agency can be difficult and confusing.   RAIN Oklahoma may provide one-time assistance for rent/utility deposits and first month's rent. These funds provide assistance in transitioning to a safe, stable home environment.  

Requirements to qualify include:

  • Verification of HIV+ status
  • Three forms of identification (photo ID, Social Security card, any other ID)
  • Household Income Verification - Clients must have a source of income that is less than 200% of the federal poverty guidelines
  • Verification of institutionalization for at least 30 days
  • Referral from a social service agency or shelter



The Bungalows Transitional Housing

Since 2005, RAIN has maintained the Bungalows, a 7-unit transitional housing program for HIV positive individuals who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. 

The Bungalows is designed to provide safe, secure housing and appropriate supportive services to assist with movement to independent living. This housing is short-term, usually less than 24 months. 

Requirements for The Bungalows housing include:

  • Documentation of homelessness (letter from a shelter, referring Case Manager, discharge from an institution)
  • Verification of HIV+ status
  • Income verification
  • Three forms of identification (photo ID, Social Security card, any other ID)

Short Term Rent & Mortgage Assistance

RAIN Oklahoma assists clients if they are experiencing a temporary challenge paying rent or utility bills. Clients may receive up to five months (21 weeks) of rental, utility, or mortgage assistance during a 12-month period. Clients are eligible to re-apply 12 months from the last time assistance was provided.

Requirements to qualify include:

  • Verification of HIV+ status
  • Household Income Verification - Clients must have a source of income that is less than 200% of the federal poverty guidelines
  • Existing lease listing all adult members of household
  • Signed W9 form with Taxpayer's ID number of Social Security number must be provided for rental assistance
  • Notice of non-payment of rent, utility cut-off notice, or foreclosure notice


Tenant-based Rental Assistance

RAIN provides rental assistance to those who qualify.  

Requirements include:

  • Verification of HIV+ status
  • Existing lease listing all adult members of household
  • Signed W9 form with Taxpayer's ID number or Social Security number
  • Housing inspection 
  • Household Income Verification - income must be less than 200% of federal poverty guidelines