HIV Housing Advocacy Program

The HIV Housing Advocacy Program (HAP) prevents homelessness by providing rental/mortgage payments to a participant’s landlord to help the participant avoid a housing crisis. Participants also receive ongoing support to establish and meet not only their immediate financial needs, but also their long-term housing goals and achieve housing stability.

HIV positive individuals or their advocates must apply for a HAP payment through their HIV case manager. If an individual is not currently receiving HIV case management, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago will provide an HIV case management referral. The HIV case manager will assess the client’s housing needs. Based on their findings, a HAP payment can be requested.

Services Offered
  • HAP recipients are assigned a housing advocate who will assist them with housing location and rental payment assistance
  • HAP recipient may request up to five (5) rental/mortgage payments within 52-week period starting with the initial payment date
  • Each payment request must be made through the housing advocate
  • For each additional payment request the recipient must demonstrate financial need, actively participate with their housing plan, and continue to receive HIV case management services
Eligibility Criteria
  • Reside within the Chicago Eligible Metropolitan Area (EMA)
  • Have a disability due to HIV/AIDS
  • Have an income not more than 50 percent of the median family income for the area in which they reside
  • Reside in an apartment that meets fair market rent levels
  • Be able to safely live independently
  • The participant/recipient’s monthly rent or mortgage payment cannot exceed their monthly income

Applying for Services

Referral and Intake

Participants must be referred through the Coordinated Housing Advocacy Program of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) by either calling AFC directly (312.922.2322) or through their AFC coordinated case manager.

Contact Information


4411 North Ravenswood Avenue
Third Floor
Chicago IL 60640
1525 East Hyde Park Blvd.
Chicago IL 60615



Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Languages spoken by staff: English
Services provided in the following languages: English
With advanced notice, Heartland Alliance services can be provided in more than 35 different languages.


Appointments are required to receive services.

Walk Ins Accepted

This program does not accept walk-ins.

Additional Information