Policy Toolkit

This Tool Kit was developed by NAHC to help advocates inform national and local resource allocation, planning, and prevention and health care practice through the use of tools and strategies that employ research findings to demonstrate the link between housing and health for persons at risk of or living with HIV/AIDS.

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Background

A growing body of research examines the relationship of housing status to HIV prevention and care. In 2005, The National AIDS Housing Coalition (NAHC) initiated the National Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit as a new forum for the presentation and discussion of research findings relevant to HIV/AIDS housing policy and practice, and the development of data-driven advocacy strategies. For more information on the Housing Research Summit Series and to purchase Summit Series products, please click here webpage.

Summit II, held in October 2006, brought together 160 researchers, policy experts, and housing providers and consumers, representing twenty-four states, the District of Columbia and two Canadian Provinces.

Summit III, held in March 2008, Baltimore, Maryland, was held in collaboration with the Department of Health, Behavior and Society of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Summit IV, the first North American Summit, was convened by NAHC and The Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) in June 2009 in Washington, DC. Summit IV was held in collaboration with the Department of Health, Behavior and Society of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Summit V was convened by NAHC and The Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) in June 2010 in Toronto, Ontario. Summit V was held in collaboration with the Department of Health, Behavior and Society of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Summit VI was convened by NAHC and The Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) September 21-23, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Summit VI was held in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. All Summit VI material may be found here.

Research findings presented at the Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit Series:

Show that homelessness and unstable housing are strongly linked to…

  • Greater HIV risk among vulnerable populations
  • Poor health outcomes for persons living with HIV/AIDS
  • Early death
  • Studies also show strong and consistent correlations between improved housing status and…

  • Reduction in HIV/AIDS risk behavior
  • Better access to medical care
  • Improved health outcomes
  • Savings in taxpayer dollars.
  • This Tool Kit was developed by NAHC to help advocates inform national and local resource allocation, planning, and prevention and health care practice through the use of tools and strategies that employ research findings to demonstrate the link between housing and health for persons at risk of or living with HIV/AIDS.

    The Tool Kit webpage is divided into three main sections:

  • Why this Tool Kit?
  • How to Use This Tool Kit
  • The Tools
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    Acknowledgements

  • The Policy Took Kit and the National Housing & HIV/AIDS Research Summit Series are projects of the Visioning and Advocacy Committees of the National AIDS Housing Coalition (NAHC). The National AIDS Housing Coalition (NAHC) is a 501(c)(3) organization formed in 1994 to assert the fundamental right of all persons living with HIV/AIDS to decent, safe, affordable housing and supportive services that are responsive and appropriate to their self-determined needs.
  • Development of the Policy Tool Kit was made possible by a grant from the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.
  • Hilary Botein and Ginny Shubert of Shubert Botein Policy Associates helped develop the Tool Kit.
  • Housing Works provided assistance with graphic design.