Calls To Action
National AIDS Housing Coalition (NAHC) is committed to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic by ensuring that persons living with HIV/AIDS have quality, affordable, and appropriate housing by advocating for resources and equitable policies that guide this through our own efforts and supporting other Housing and HIV Advocate Organizations.
HOPWA NEEDS YOUR HELP for FY22 Budget
We NEED the Senate to do a FY22 Budget markup and to fund HOPWA at $600Million. Sample E-mail: “
This budget proposal demonstrates the committee’s lack of understanding that housing is a critical need for people living with HIV and that there is no path to ending the HIV epidemic in the United States without enhancing funding for HOPWA and other housing programs. Treating HIV is not simply about medicine, and data indicates that those who are in stable housing have more impact on their health outcomes and viral suppression rates than demographics, receipt of social services, drug and alcohol use, or mental health status. The Ryan White program reports a viral suppression rate of 88% for clients who are housed compared to only 72% for clients who lack housing. When people are virally suppressed, they cannot transmit HIV through sex. To END the HIV epidemic, we NEED to help all living with HIV/AIDS obtain viral suppression.
The proposal additionally reveals their lack of discernment to protect and support the LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities. 69% of new HIV infections in 2018 were in Black and Latino communities with 56% of HOPWA participants in the black community, and 77% of all HIV diagnoses in the United States representing the LGBTQIA+ community. The United States’ history of lacking affordable housing opportunities and discrimination towards the LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities directly impacts health outcomes.
Housing is the foundation. Housing is Healthcare.
The National AIDS Housing Coalition, and over 250 organizations throughout the country implore Congress to fund HOPWA at least at $600 million for FY22.