Metropolitan Housing Access Program (MHAP), is the centralized source for housing services and housing information for persons living with HIV/AIDS. MHAP offers financial assistance, housing programs, and Housing Information & Referral Services (HIRS) for eligible DC residents.
Financial Assistance Programs for HIV+ DC residents
HCS provides financial assistance to persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH) who are experiencing financial hardship. This assistance is offered through the Short Term Rental, Mortgage, and Utility (STRMU) Program, the Bridges Fund Program, and the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Financial assistance can be provided to help with housing related costs, including delinquent rent, mortgage and utility/telephone bills as well as first month’s rent, security deposit, and moving costs. Additionally financial assistance can be provided for emergency food, emergency hygiene, and emergency medication costs
Contact your community based case manager to submit a MHAP Financial Assistance application or Emergency Financial Assistance application on your behalf. If you do not have a case manager, please contact HCS for a referral.
The MHAP Financial Assistance application allows persons living with HIV (PLWH) to apply for financial assistance offered through the District of Columbia Short Term Rental, Mortgage, and Utility (STRMU) Program and the District of Columbia Bridges Fund Program. This application allows PLWH to apply for financial assistance in the following areas: delinquent rent, delinquent utilities, delinquent mortgage, security deposit, and first month’s rent.
Income Guidelines for STRMU and Bridges Program
|2018 Maximum Income||$41,050||$46,900||$52,750||$58,600||63,300||$68,000||$72,700||
Click Here to download a District of Columbia MHAP Financial Assistance application to apply for STRMU or Bridges Program assistance.
Additional MHAP Financial Assistance Forms:
The Emergency Financial Assistance (EFA) Program application allows persons living with HIV/AIDS to apply for financial assistance offered through the District of Columbia Ryan White Program. This application allows PLWH to apply for financial assistance in the following area: first month’s rent, delinquent rent, delinquent utilities, delinquent telephone bill, moving assistance, emergency food, emergency hygiene, and emergency medication assistance.
Income Guidelines for the EFA Program
|2018 Maximum Income||$60,700||$82,300||$103,900||$125,500||$147,100||$168,700||$190,300||
Click Here to download the District of Columbia Emergency Financial Assistance (EFA) Application
Additional EFA Application Forms
Persons living with HIV who are experiencing homelessness, unstable housing, foreclosure, poor housing conditions, or other housing related problems can be referred to the Housing Counseling Service’s Metropolitan Housing Assistance Program (MHAP) for housing services. MHAP staff will assist HOPWA eligible households develop a plan to respond to housing barriers and explore housing options. Assistance may include: referrals to emergency, transitional housing programs; housing search counseling, budgeting and credit counseling, tenancy rights and responsibilities counseling, and connection to employment services and programs.
***Contact your community based case manager to submit a MHAP Housing Services Referral Package to HCS on your behalf. If you do not have a case manager, please contact HCS for assistance.
Persons living with HIV/AIDS are encouraged to utilize any of the services at HCS. Aside from specialized services for people living with HIV/AIDS, HCS offers a wide variety of free counseling, training, and technical assistance to home buyers, homeowners, tenants, and homeless persons. Please call a MHAP specialist at (202) 667-2681 to learn more about the services at HCS. If you have a housing related issue with which HCS Staff can also refer you to other organizations for assistance.