Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need a Housing Specialist if I have a Case Manager?

    Housing Specialists can be helpful when a client is homeless or is in need of housing services. Both Case Manager and Housing Specialist can work in conjunction to better assist you with needed housing services. They can help you develop a housing plan so you can obtain and secure permanent housing. 

  • Do I need a Case Manager?

    Although Case Management is a service that is optional for clients, it can be a valuable service to help you maintain stable housing and health. A Case Manager can help you learn of additional services. A Case Management referral may be required to receive some services.

  • How do I find a Case Manager?

    Agencies where Case Management services are provided can be found on CHIRP/LA’s web site, www.chirpla.org, or HIV-LA’s web site, www.hivla.org, you can also contact CHIRP/LA’s Housing Hotline at 1-877-724-4775 to obtain information.

  • Where can I find a Housing Specialist?

     You can find a list of Agencies that provide Housing Specialist services at CHIRP/LA’s web site, www.chirpla.org, or HIV-LA’s web site, www.hivla.org, you can also contact CHIRP/LA’s Housing Hotline at 1-877-724-4775 to obtain information.

     

  • What is HOPWA?

    Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) is a federally funded program that assists PLWHA, with move-in grants, rent, and utilities based on the need. Only HOPWA Case Managers can assist with these services.

  • How and where can I apply for HOPWA?

    You can contact any HOPWA Funded Agency and request to be screened for eligibility. Agencies can be found on CHIRP/LA’s web site, www.chirpla.org, or HIV-LA’s web site, www.hivla.org, you can also contact CHIRP/LA’s Housing Hotline at 1-877-724-4775.

  • Where can I find emergency housing?

    Emergency sites can be found at CHIRP/LA’s web site, www.chirpla.org, or HIV-LA’s web site, www.hivla.org, you can also contact CHIRP/LA’s Housing Hotline at 1-877-724-4775 to obtain contact information. To assure availability it is recommended to obtain referral from Individual Case Manager or Housing Case Manager.

  • Are there rules at Shelters or Transitional Housing?

    Each agency has developed and must implement rules and regulations based on their funding requirements. Therefore it is imperative that you comply and abide by their rules and regulations to make this transition smooth.

  • Do I have to pay for Emergency or Transitional Housing?

    Each Agency has different programs and in most cases you are not required to pay, but you might be enrolled in a savings plan to accomplish your goal of moving into permanent housing.

  • Do I need to have legal citizen status for Emergency or Transitional Housing?

    All programs have different rules and regulations, and some will not require proof of citizenship.

  • What documents do I need for Emergency or Transitional Housing?

    In most cases picture ID, proof of income and Social Security card are required. Some housing programs also require a recent diagnosis form.

  • What is subsidized housing and what are the requirements to qualify?

    Subsidized housing is low income housing where a percentage of your income is paid towards rent. You must meet income guidelines and eligibility criteria which can range from age, disability, homelessness, and/or have legal status in the country.

  • What is Tenant Based Section-8?

    Tenant based Section-8 is a program where the individual must live in the contracted Building that has this program. The voucher is not portable, meaning if the client moves he/she can not take section 8 voucher/certificate elsewhere.

  • What is Section 8?

    Section 8 is a Federally Funded Program that allows you to pay a percent of your income towards rent. Depending on where the voucher was obtained you may rent in the City or County of Los Angeles.

  • Can I move whenever I want to while on Section-8?

    Before making plans to move you must consult with your Section-8 worker and get and authorization to move or wait for your yearly renewal.

  • How do I sign up for low income housing and do I need a referral?

    You can obtain a referral from your Case Manager, Housing Specialist, or visit CHIRP/LA’s web site, www.chirpla.org, or HIV-LA’s web site, www.hivla.org For contact information on subsidized housing, you can also contact CHIRP/LA’s Housing Hotline at 1-877-724-4775.

  • What is a Hotel Meal Voucher and what do I need to apply?

    This is a HOPWA program that can assist with Hotel stay once a housing plan is in place, and you must be referred by an authorized Case manager or Housing Specialist.

  • Can my current apartment owner keep my deposit?

    An explanation/written letter should be given to tenant. For further information or assistance contact HALSA at 213-637-1690 or visit their web site, www.halsaservices.org, or Housing rights at 1-800-477-5977 or visit their web site, www.hrc-la.org.

  • Can I be evicted for having pets?

    If you have a pet as a service animal, No, you should not be threatened with eviction. You may contact PAWS/LA for further information at 213-741-1950.

  • Where can I get medical treatment?

     Health service agencies can be found at CHIRP/LA’s web site, www.chirpla.org, or HIV-LA’s web site, www.hivla.org, you can also contact CHIRP/LA’s Housing Hotline at 1-877-724-4775 to obtain contact information.

     

  • How can I obtain counseling (Mental Health Services)?

    A referral can be obtained by your Medical Provider, Case Manger, or other Service Provider. A listing of Mental Health service agencies can be found at CHIRP/LA’s web site, www.chirpla.org, or HIV-LA’s web site, www.hivla.org, you can also contact CHIRP/LA’s Housing Hotline at 1-877-724-4775.