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Do You Have a Property to List?

By Marlon Valdivia

December 2001/January 2002

People with HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles County are facing a housing crisis.

AIDS Project Los Angeles and other AIDS-services organizations in Los Angeles County are very interested in finding affordable housing for people with HIV/AIDS who are seeking independent living. We are looking for landlords, property managers, owners and others who are willing to list their properties with the Housing Clearinghouse. We want to list your properties for free and refer prospective tenants to you. (Due to reasons of confidentiality, we cannot disclose the registration status with our agency of the referred individuals.)

In June, about 1,000 HIV housing providers attended the Fourth National HIV/AIDS Housing Conference in Denver, Colorado. At that conference, I realized that Los Angeles residents are not the only ones in the United States facing this problem. In many areas of the country, the Fair Market Rent (FMR) is too low.

When people with HIV/AIDS look for housing, they find it far away from their desired area. Understandably, people with HIV/AIDS do not want to move far away from their doctors, support groups, pharmacies, friends and family members, as well as the organizations that provide them supportive services.

If you are a landlord who is interested in renting your units to people who are HIV-positive and/or accept Section 8 certificates or vouchers, or if you are a person who lives in a building that you know accepts Section 8, we need you. Please contact the Housing Clearinghouse's Housing Resources Specialist at (213) 201-1526.

Marlon Valdivia   Marlon Valdivia manages AIDS Project Los Angeles' Residential Services and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the National AIDS Housing Coalition. He can be reached by calling (213) 201-1435, or by email at

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