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Housing — Our Response to HIV

June 5th, 2011 will mark 30 years since the first reports of persons infected with HIV.  Today, even with the incredible strides in medication, care and understanding, much remains to be done. From our special vantage at HUD, housing that is decent safe and affordable still too often remains an unachieved aspiration – and persons who are homeless or in unstable situations remain challenged in accessing HIV treatment and care.  Our work and those of our partners allows for these individuals to have a stable base to call home and from which to access the care and treatment necessary to improve their quality of life. Our partnerships through Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) and other housing programs have shown clear evidence that beneficiaries of housing assistance maintain healthier lives due to their participation available care.  The HOPWA program is now in every state in the country as well Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands through our formula and competitive programs.  HUD can take pride in the successes of community partnerships that have been built over the past 18 years that have become an integral part of the national response to this epidemic.  This Federal agency is most grateful to our partners who have used our housing resources to provide this care and evidence commitment at the frontlines of the battle with HIV.

In this 30th year, providers of HIV housing and care can also look to moving forward in greater unity.  This comes not only from a solid certain record in service delivery to those in need.  It is also founded on our work together to develop a new guide, the National HIV AIDS Strategy (NHAS) for the United States.   The NHAS calls on all including the greater housing community to continue to build successful public and private partnerships.  New approaches involve cross agency and more integrative service delivery approaches that achieve results to complex challenges.

HUD is collaborating with other agencies to commemorate the 30 years of AIDS and we encourage you to visit AIDS.gov’s portal for more information on events and ways to be involved.  To help honor the many years of service, HUD is also supporting an effort launched by our Federal partners at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  This CDC online community forum, will serve as an information and communication portal where voices can be shared on stories of perseverance and success.  Members can share events, stories, photos, videos, and much more from the past 30 years.

Comments

  1. 30 YEARS! We have come so far and yet still have so much more to do to fight against HIV/AIDS. Educating people, that after 30 years are still living without the knowledge they need to know to keep themselves from contracting HIV/AIDS is our most valuable tool. Educate & Erradicate. A. Holland

  2. Jorie Barna says:

    Housing is perhaps the biggest obstacle for my clients living with HIV. As a case manager, I hope to help people living with HIV to sustain housing while addressing the behaviors that put them at initial risk. There is not enough funding available. Out of 35 clients, I currently work with 8 homeless people. All meet HOPWA eligibility. I may be able to help them get off the streets with temporary assistance. But, it is almost impossible to find housing they can sustain on a limited income while also struggling to find funding to pay for ARV medications, pay exhorbitant medical bills, acquire resources to incite behavioral change; primarily with substance abuse, mental health and a general lack of independent living skills.

  3. Housing is the greatest unmet service for people living with HIV/AIDS. Housing is Prevention Health Care and supports Well-being.
    My name is cliffwms44 I am HIV+ since my birthday in 2003,battling homelessness stigma both inward and outwardly imposed and the loss of my wife in Feb 2009 as for the both of us though infected with the virus. Sentenced to the cruel world of living in the Philadelphia shelter system,waiting on two of Philadelphia’s housing waiting list. I have known a great many people who have died on these housing waiting list. What a very important housing plays in the care and treatment and general well-being of person’s stricken with the virus. I lived on the streets, in the parks,shelters and abandon buildings. Please sign the petition>Housing is Prevention Health Care and supports Well-being @change.org

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