Why this Toolkit?

The experiences of clients and providers of HIV/AIDS housing services are important advocacy tools, but to impact policy & funding decisions

  • Science-based data on housing and HIV prevention and health outcomes is IMPORTANT, and
  • Science-based data on the cost-effectiveness of HIV/AIDS housing interventions is ESSENTIAL.
  • Findings from rigorous research:

  • “Credential” what we have known for years as HIV/AIDS housing consumers, providers and advocates;
  • Provide support for the maintenance and expansion of existing HIV/AIDS housing resources; and
  • Point to the importance of new housing policies and practices consciously structured and studied as public health interventions.
  • The Policy Imperatives

    Research findings
    provide the basis for a re-visioned, data-driven HIV/AIDS
    housing policy agenda
    that can be framed in terms of
    four public policy imperatives
    articulated by
    participants in the first National Housing and HIV/AIDS Research
    Summit:

     

  • Make subsidized, affordable housing available to all low-income people living with HIV/AIDS (including supportive housing for those who need it)
  • Make housing assistance a top prevention priority, since housing is a powerful HIV prevention strategy
  • Incorporate housing as a critical element of HIV health care
  • Collect & analyze data to assess the impact and effectiveness of housing as an
    independent structural HIV prevention and healthcare intervention
     
  • With evidence to back them, policy makers can secure the resources we need to provide housing assistance and related services to people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA):

  • As a basic human right;
  • As a necessary component of systems of care to enable PLWHA to manage their disease; and
  • As an exciting new mechanism to end the AIDS crisis by preventing new infections.
  • Next: How to Use the Tool Kit…