What Housing Programs are available at NO/AIDS Task Force?

In addition, NO/AIDS Task Force is taking a strong role in encouraging strategies for improving the availability of safe and affordable housing options for low-income people living with HIV/AIDS including:

  • Assisting with research on the status of the New Orleans area housing environment for people with HIV/AIDS.
  • Promoting advocacy efforts to increase the available stock of affordable housing for people with HIV/AIDS.
  • Assembling with other organizations and individuals for assessment and improvement of the HIV/AIDS housing continuum.

Why Housing?

Housing is consistently cited as the greatest unmet need of Americans living with HIV. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that there are currently 1.1 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States*, and housing experts project that about one-half of these persons – more than 500,000 households – will need some form of housing assistance during the course of their illness. It can be conservatively estimated that more than 141,475 households living with HIV are in need of IMMEDIATE housing assistance.

Receipt of housing assistance has a direct impact on receipt of HIV treatment, health status, and mortality among homeless/unstably-house persons living with HIV#.

While it is difficult to estimate total housing need among persons at risk for HIV, at any given time it can be assumed that at least one-half of homeless persons fall into highest-risk categories#.

Housing is HIV prevention.
Housing is HIV health care.

* United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2008). HIV Prevalence Estimates – United States, 2006. MMWR, 57 (39): 1073-1076.# Findings of the Office of National AIDS Policy Consultation on Housing and HIV Prevention and Care.+See also: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Office of AIDS Housing. (2009). Unmet needs reported by HOPWA grantees as of 10/1/09 (pending verification). Available at: http://www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/aidshousing. (HOPWA grantee filings show at least 126,000 households living with HIV/AIDS with an unmet housing need.)



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