The 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 District of Columbia residents.
Financial Assistance Programs for HIV+ District of Columbia Residents
HCS provides financial assistance to persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH) who are experiencing financial hardship. This assistance is offered through the Emergency Financial Assistance (EFA) Program and the Short Term Rental, Mortgage, and Utility (STRMU) 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, and moving costs. Additionally financial assistance can be provided for emergency food, and emergency medication costs.
The Emergency Financial Assistance (EFA) Program application allows community case managers/social workers to apply for financial assistance on behalf of a person living with HIV/AIDS. EFA financial assistance is supported by District of Columbia Ryan White Program funding. The EFA Program provides financial assistance in the following area: first month’s rent, delinquent rent, delinquent utilities, delinquent telephone bill, moving assistance, emergency food, and emergency medication assistance. PLWH may apply for the EFA Program by contacting the HCS MHAP Program at (202) 667-2681 to schedule an appointment with a HCS Case Manager or a community-based Case Manager/Social Worker may submit an EFA application on their behalf.
Income Guidelines for the EFA Program
|2023 Maximum Income||$72,900||$98,600||$124,300||$150,000||$175,700||$241,680||$317,940||
Click Here to download the 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
The MHAP Program 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. STRMU can provide financial assistance in the following areas: delinquent rent, delinquent utilities, and delinquent mortgage.
Income Guidelines for the STRMU Program (effective May 15, 2023)
If you are HIV+ and would like to apply for the STRMU Program, please contact the MHAP Program at (202) 900-9471 to be screened for program eligibility and to schedule an application appointment. Community based case managers/social workers may also submit a MHAP HOPWA PROGRAM SERVICES REFERRAL FORM on behalf of their client. Upon receipt of the referral form, HCS will contact the client to screen for basic program eligibility and, as appropriate, schedule the client for an appointment to apply for STRMU financial assistance
MHAP Housing Programs and Housing Services for District of Columbia HIV+ 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 referrals to other housing related programs/services.
Additionally, all housing consumers are encouraged to utilize the wide array of housing 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 202-900-9471 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.
If you are HIV+ District of Columbia resident and are in need of transitional or emergency housing please call the MHAP Program at 202-900-9471 for assistance.
Community based case managers/social workers may also submit a MHAP HOPWA PROGRAM SERVICES REFERRAL FORM on behalf of their client towards accessing transitional and emergency housing as well as other housing assistance. Upon receipt of the referral form, HCS will contact the client to assess their housing situation and, as appropriate, schedule an appointment to meet with a MHAP case manager.