The Detroit Health Department has two programs to help people living with HIV in Southeastern Michigan. The Ryan White Program helps with medical and support services, and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program helps with housing.
Medical and Support Services
The Ryan White Program offers medical and support services to help people living with HIV. It does not matter whether or not you have health insurance. Our programs are here to help you.
If you are HIV-positive, live in Metro Detroit, and currently not in care, contact the Link-Up Detroit Program
to receive non-medical services and/or assistance enrolling in medical care.
The Detroit Health Department partners with a network of hospitals, clinics, and nonprofit organizations with expertise in treating and caring for persons living with HIV.
Some of the services include:
- HIV Medical Care
- HIV Medications
- Linkage to Care/Early Intervention Services
- Medical Case Management
- Assistance with Applying for Health Insurance
- Medical Transportation
- Emergency Financial Assistance
- Mental Health Counseling
- Specialized Services for Previously Incarcerated Persons
- Specialized Services for Women, Children and Youth
There are financial eligibility requirements for some programs, but our providers will work with you to get the help you need.
Services from our program are available in the following counties:
- St. Clair
Contact one of the following agencies to enroll:
Newly Diagnosed Linkage to Care Program
The Ryan White Program places special emphasis on helping persons who are newly diagnosed with HIV to connect with medical care and other services. Receiving proper medications for HIV can prevent you from becoming ill, and it can help reduce new transmission of the disease.
Whether you are newly diagnosed, or you have been HIV positive for a long time and stopped seeing a doctor, our Linkage to Care Program can assist you.
Our linkage workers are dedicated experts who can help you:
- Find a doctor or clinic that is convenient for you
- Apply for health insurance
- Understand HIV medical treatment
- Find support groups
- Meet your transportation, food assistance, and emergency financial assistance needs
Contact a Linkage to Care Specialist at any one of the following agencies:
The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program provides housing assistance and related support services for low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families. This program helps to address discrimination, stigma, and other barriers to achieving stable living situations.
You may be eligible for HOPWA if your:
Household has at least one person who has HIV and/or AIDS
- Total household income is less than 80% of the Area Median Income as defined by HUD
HOPWA Detroit has two programs to help with your housing needs:
- Tenant Based Rental Assistance Program – This is an income-based program in which HOPWA pays a portion of your rent and you pay the remainder
- Community Residential Program – Provides housing for a period of 6 months to two (2) years based on individual assessment
To learn more about eligibility and enrollment, contact:
Ms. Brittani Cross, Housing Specialist,
Ms. Cynthia Minor, Principle Housing Specialist,
La Wonna Lofton-Coleman, HOPWA Program Manager at
Many other services exist to provide persons with up-to-date information about HIV, and to help persons who are at risk of becoming infected.
Counseling and Testing
For information about HIV Counseling and Testing Services, please call the Michigan HIV Hotline at
(800) 872-2437 or visit https://gettested.cdc.gov for an easy to use, searchable database to find an HIV testing program near you.
The Detroit Public Health STD Clinic offers free, confidential HIV counseling and testing. Please call (313) 577-9100 or visit http://www.detroitstd.org for more information or walk-in at 50 East Canfield, Detroit, MI 48201.
If you are interested in becoming involved with local planning efforts, which set service priorities each year, visit SEMHAC.org for more information.
The Detroit Health Department HIV Program staff is always happy to assist you. Please contact us at (313) 876-6500