The National HIV/AIDS Housing Coalition is working to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic by ensuring that persons living with HIV/AIDS have quality, affordable and appropriate housing. Accomplishing this through policy and resource advocacy, fostering, translating, and disseminating research, and convening leaders to affect change at the local, national, and international levels.
The Rev. Lauren Banks has worked in HIV/AIDS policy for a decade, focusing on federal appropriations and the role of housing in ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic. She has been working for NHAHC for six years and is an expert in HOPWA policy and the intersection between Ryan White and the HOPWA program. She has assisted local jurisdictions with better implementing their HOWPA programs but most of her time is spent advocating on Capitol Hill and fighting for quality housing for low-income people living with HIV.
Lauren holds a Masters in Fine Arts and a Masters in Divinity. She is ordained clergy in the Episcopal Church and serves as Associate Rector at Christ Church in Alexandria, VA.