Check out our MEDIA section for links to all the articles supporting our cause and telling the story of those who have been waiting years for housing. Positive Place is proud to be a part of this movement, demanding that D.C. and Mayor Fenty respond to the people.
HIV, Housing, and HOPWA in D.C.'s 440
In 1992, the U.S. government began funding of a new housing program, Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS known as HOPWA. Since then, this program has been providing people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) and their families with stable housing opportunities all over the U.S. This legislation was first introduced after the relationship between housing and HIV was realized. Stable housing for HIV positive individuals not only improves their health, it also prevents the spread of HIV/AIDS. The Washington D.C. Metro area ranked third in need for HOPWA funding in 2007 and received more dollars than any other city outside of New York and Miami. Though D.C.'s population is considerably smaller than these cities, the high prevalence of PLWHA requires additional resources. Currently, 440 PLWHA have been put on the HOPWA waitlist. They have been approved, yet remain homeless putting themselves and the greater population at risk. Our goal is to end the wait list by advocating for secure and safe housing for PLWHA, improve health outcomes among HIV positive individuals and prevent the further spread of HIV.
New! Our online petition!!!
Our online petition is a great way to show your support for housing efforts for people living with HIV/AIDS here in D.C. Stable housing improves the health and quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS as well as decreases transmission rates and protects the public.
OVER 300 signatures from metro Washington residents have been collected through paper petitions