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

National AIDS Housing Coalition Statement on the President’s FY22 Budget
 
While President Biden’s budget provides a small increase for the Housing Opportunities for Persons with HIV/AIDS (HOPWA) program, it is a failure to the needs of low-income people living with HIV/AIDS. HOPWA, a program within HUD, is a supportive housing program that serves low-income and extremely low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS.
 
The President’s budget proposes $450 million for HOPWA, just a $20 million increase over the FY21 enacted level of $430 million. Advocates are calling for an investment of $600 million into the HOPWA program to begin to address the real need of thousands of low-income persons living with HIV. In the United States, an estimated 100,000 people living with HIV/AIDS are experiencing homelessness. Most jurisdictions throughout the country have years-long waiting lists for the HOPWA program.
 

We NEED the Senate to do a FY22 Budget markup and to fund HOPWA at $600Million. Sample E-mail: “

“Hello! My name is ___ and I am (a person living with HIV/ a case worker/ someone who cares about HOPWA). I am writing to encourage Senator ____ to urge the Senate to do an FY22 Budget markup and to support $600M for HOPWA in FY22. We cannot end HIV in America if we don’t invest significantly in supportive housing. HOPWA is a life-saving program and in _____ (your state) HOPWA is important because ______(insert why you care about HOPWA/how many people it serves/etc. If you have questions or we can schedule a meeting, please reach out to me.
 
Thank You,”
The President’s budget also touts its investment in programs “to support the critical effort to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States.” These investments in the CDC and HHS are beneficial but it is short-sighted not to include HUD in these investments. There is absolutely no path to ending HIV without significantly ramping up funding for HOPWA and other housing programs. We call on President Biden to include HOPWA and HUD in all initiatives to end the HIV epidemic in America.
 
This budget demonstrates the administration’s lack of understanding for housing as a critical need for people living with HIV and the impact on communities of color. 69% of new HIV infections in 2018 were in Black and Latino persons and 56% of HOPWA participants are people of color. America’s history of housing discrimination and lack of affordable housing options for the black community is squarely intersected with health outcomes. HIV is no exception. Funding housing opportunities for people living with HIV is a matter of health equity and racial justice.
 
Treating HIV is not merely about medicine. The Ryan White program reports a viral suppression rate of 88% for clients who are housed compared to only 72% for clients who are homeless. When people are virally suppressed, they cannot transmit HIV through sex. To end the epidemic, we must help all those living with HIV/AIDS obtain viral suppression. Housing is a cornerstone.
Housing is healthcare.
 
The National AIDS Housing Coalition, and over 250 organizations throughout the country, are urging Congress to fund HOPWA at least at $600M for FY22.
 
For questions, please contact Lauren Banks Killelea, Director of Public Policy at the National AIDS Housing Coalition, at LaurenK@nationalaidshousing.org.