HAB Program Letter: Use of RWHAP Funds and Housing Security Deposits

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From HRSA's HIV/AIDS Bureau - Dear Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Colleagues

Access to safe, quality, affordable housing and the support necessary to maintain it constitutes one of the most basic and powerful social determinants of health. The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) is committed to addressing barriers to housing instability that can help improve health outcomes for people with HIV.

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) recipients and subrecipients have reported that the RWHAP prohibition on payment of housing security deposits continues to be a barrier to getting clients into stable and permanent housing. To address this barrier, HRSA HAB today released a new program letter that provides clarifying guidance regarding the use of RWHAP funds to cover housing security deposits for eligible clients. RWHAP funding may be used to pay for a RWHAP client’s security deposit if a RWHAP recipient or subrecipient has policies and procedures in place to ensure that the security deposit is returned to the RWHAP recipient or subrecipient and not to the RWHAP client.

HRSA HAB thanks our RWHAP community for your important input on this topic. We are thankful for the tireless efforts of HIV community stakeholders working to improve health outcomes for people with HIV who are at risk for or are experiencing housing instability and homelessness.

Read HRSA’s press release announcing today’s housing security deposit program letter.

Thank you for your continued efforts to support those providing care and treatment services to people with HIV.

Laura Cheever and Heather Hauck
Office of the Associate Administrator
HIV/AIDS Bureau, HRSA

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