Were you able to convince your local Ryan White Planning Council about the importance of housing using the Took Kit PowerPoint? Get your Mayor to fund an HIV/AIDS Housing project using the fact sheet about cost-savings? The National AIDS Housing Coalition is collecting success stories from Tool Kit users to provide ideas and inspire others around the country.
Please send us your Tool Kits uses and success stories, both big and small, by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org (subject line: Tool Kit Success).
- Capitol Hill, District of Columbia:
Use: Rep. Jerrold Nadler (8th-NY) again discussed HOPWA on the floor during appropriations consideration for FY08. The Congressman cited research presented at NAHC’s Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit Series. “Rates of new HIV diagnoses among the homeless are 16 times the rate in the general population,” said Mr. Nadler, “and HIV/AIDS death rates are five to seven times higher. People with AIDS who are homeless are more likely to be uninsured, use an emergency room, and be admitted to a hospital.” Click here to read the full transcript.
- Del Norte, Colorado:
Use: Denver, Colorado NAHC member Del Norte’s mission is to create and preserve housing and other opportunities for underserved households, including those that are low and moderate income, Spanish-speaking and those with special needs. Del Norte cited information from the Policy Toolkit to successfully convince the City Council to consider approving its Juan Diego project. Homeless persons living with HIV/AIDS are more likely to thrive, remain healthy and even become employable with permanent housing. Toolkit data was also used in successful applications to the state department of housing for grant funding as well as to the state housing finance authority for tax credit funding.
- Housing Works Inc., New York City:
Use: The NAHC Toolkit and research findings were used with clients and staff in its “change the definition” campaign and will be using them for a new policy campaign with clients to be launched on better access to New York City’s HASA (HIV/AIDS Services Administration) benefits. Cost data showing that cost savings from prevented infections will offset incremental spending on expanded housing eligibility has been a key element in this advocacy.
Outcome: The “change the definition” campaign scored a victory by getting the New York State AIDS Advisory Council to recommend changes to the New York State AIDS Institute’s HIV illness definition as it applies to housing eligibility.
- New York City AIDS Housing Network (NYCAHN):
Use: Cost analyses developed in collaboration with NAHC and its academic partners has been used in advocacy to pass state legislation to provide affordable housing protection for disabled persons living with HIV/AIDS by capping their rent contributions at 30% of disability income in the existing city/state funded HIV/AIDS rental assistance program. Cost data shows that increased housing stability will create public savings that more than offset the cost of the cap.
Outcome: The affordable housing legislation has passed both houses of the state legislature and awaits signature by the Governor. NYCAHN representatives recently had a one-hour meeting with the Governor to explain the cost implications of the bill. He told NYCAHN that the state budget office was “breaking its rule” for the first time and considering the cost offset in calculating the fiscal impact of the bill.
- DC Fights Back, Washington, District of Columbia:
Use: DC Fights Back has used the cost analysis data to support Council Members’ efforts to leverage DC government action to end the HIV/AIDS housing waiting list.
- Acadiana Cares, Lafayette, Louisiana
Use: Acadiana Cares has used Summit data to advocate and support increases in HUD HIV Housing funds and for HIV Homeless to remain a top priority in the Five Year Plan for the City of Lafayette.
Outcome:The group has been successful using the data to increase funding and ranking with Acadiana Regional Continuum for the Homeless (ARCH), the area HUD Continuum.
- Gregory House, Honolulu, Hawaii:
Use: Gregory House has consistently and vigorously used the NAHC Toolkit and Research Summit data when meeting with the Hawaii Congressional Delegation. The use of these combined sources of information has helped cement the legitimacy and importance of Gregory House Programs in the community and the importance housing plays in keeping people living with HIV/AIDS successfully housed.
Outcome: Using the NAHC Toolkit and Research Summit information, Gregory House heightened the awareness of its importance with its Hawaii Congressional Delegation, particularly Congressman Abercrombie (prior to his resignation). He and Senator Inouye secured Gregory House Programs a $100,000 earmark for a Homelessness Prevention Program for persons with HIV/AIDS through the Department of Health and Human Services.
- AIDS Alabama:
Use: AIDS Alabama has incorporated some of the research findings into its Alabama and Birmingham Consolidated Plans. AIDS Alabama has disseminated some of the findings across the state for use in grant writing, and certainly uses the findings in every grant that written and submitted. AIDS Alabama has provided the information to its local United Way, City Council, Alabama Legislature, etc., and has utilized the findings in its statewide push for an Alabama Housing Trust Fund, as well as in Birmingham’s Community Development Department in its successful effort to garner HOME funding for an HIV-specific development. The language has become a part of almost every publication that goes out of AIDS Alabama. Next month the CEO will do a presentation for HIV providers locally on this very topic.
Outcomes: Tool Kit and data from Research Summits garnered:
1) Alabama Legislative allocation for supportive services in the amount of $554,400.
2) HOME funding for permanent housing development in amount of $200,000.
3) Jefferson Affordable Housing Initiative grant to purchase and renovate six permanent housing units in amount of $200,000.
4) Improved ranking in local Continuum of Care.