July 20, 2012

AIDS 2012 – A Housing Response

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On Monday, July 23rd at 11 am, join us for a 30 minute Twitter chat on the connection of stable housing and HIV care.  Mr. David Vos, Director of HUD’s Office of HIV/AIDS Housing, will be discussing the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program and HUD partnerships with communities in using housing resources to address challenges from the HIV epidemic.  You can also send David your HOPWA program questions prior to and during the chat using the hashtag #HOPWA.

The Department is pleased to showcase successes of housing projects that contribute to the fight against HIV and in caring for persons living with HIV.  These projects are operated by a variety of community partnerships that help households connect to housing, HIV treatment, and other supports.    The projects are described in a new publication, HOPWA 20, Housing Innovations in HIV Care.  This profiles projects funded under the Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) program as a showcase of community practices that organize supportive housing and engage clients in care.  Please see this document and learn more about the HOPWA 20 here.

HUD is also part of the US Government’s participation at AIDS 2012, the International AIDS Conference (IAC) being held on July 22nd to July 26th at the DC Convention Center.  The IAC is the largest gathering of the AIDS community and is expected to bring 30,000 researchers, service providers, client advocates, policy makers, and persons living with HIV together to discuss the implications of the latest research and policy in the fight to achieve an AIDS free generation.  HUD’s Office of HIV/AIDS Housing is sponsoring an information desk as part of the Federal Pavilion to share information on how housing contributes to achieving the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.   The results of HOPWA projects will be featured in two posters along with a training session on developing a continuum of housing.   In addition, a Global Village will be open the general public with a variety of booths and information on projects from around the world along with a number of satellite sessions.  The NAMES project is displaying the AIDS Memorial Quilt, on the Mall and in buildings across the city. You can find more information at www.aids2012.org.  You can follow US Government’s events here and view official online coverage here as attendees discuss the latest science and policy in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

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