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

Household Size

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
2018 Maximum Income $41,050 $46,900 $52,750 $58,600 63,300 $68,000 $72,700

$77,400

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:

  • Click Here to download the MHAP Zero Income Statement.
  • Click Here to download a MHAP Homelessness Verification form
  • Click Here to download the Federal W-9 Form (Landlord Completes)
  • Click Here to download Housing Counseling Services’ Client Rights and Responsibilities Statement

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

Household Size

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
2018 Maximum Income $60,700 $82,300 $103,900 $125,500 $147,100 $168,700 $190,300

211,900

 

Click Here to download the District of Columbia Emergency Financial Assistance (EFA) Application

Additional EFA Application Forms

  • Click Here to download the EFA Referral Certification Form
  • Click Here to download the Federal W-9 Form (Landlord Completes)
  • Click Here to download the EFA Program Zero Income Statement
  • Click Here to download the EFA Homeless Verification Form
  • Click Here to download the EFA Moving Assistance Inventory List
  • Click Here to download the EFA Moving Assistance Client Terms Form
  • Click Here to download Housing Counseling Services’ Client Rights and Responsibilities Statement

MHAP Housing Programs for DC Residents

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.

  • Click Here to download the MHAP DC Housing Services Referral Package.

*Additional Forms:

  • Click Here to download a zero income statement.
  • Click Here to download a homelessness verification form.
  • Click Here to download the MHAP HMIS Release of Information form.

Housing Information & Referral Services (HIRS)

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.