HOPWA May Get Budget Boost -- but Adequate Funding Nowhere in Sight
July 18, 2008
"It's cause for celebration because it's something," said National AIDS Housing Coalition executive director Nancy Bernstine. NAHC recommended $470 million for the appropriation this year. Still, said Bernstine, "we're pleased to see the program continue to grow. It's a recognition that housing has a central role in prevention."
HOPWA was created in 1992, as part of a larger package addressing homelessness, and unlike in New York City, includes housing for asymptomatic HIV-positive people. Funding for AIDS housing was allocated for $42.2 million that year, and has grown since, but not at an appropriate level. "If you look at HOPWA compared to Ryan White, it's actually grown at a much slower rate. This is especially outrageous with studies indicating that half of all people with HIV will be homeless at some time in their lives," said Housing Works president and CEO Charles King. In recent years, there has been more and more research showing the importance of housing as a critical HIV prevention and treatment tool.
For more information about these studies go to nationalaidshousing.org. And if you're in Mexico City for the International AIDS Conference next month, attend the "International Summit on Poverty, Homelessness and HIV/AIDS" August 3 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
This article was provided by Housing Works. It is a part of the publication Housing Works AIDS Issues Update. Visit Housing Works' website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.