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Action Alert: Help Homeless AIDS Activist Get Into Housing Today

June 1, 2010

Patrick Ford, a severely ill homeless AIDS activist, needs allies in his fight for permanent housing. Today marks the fourth week that Ford has slept on the street in Atlanta. A fierce advocate who has served on Atlanta's Ryan White Planning Council and numerous boards of directors, Ford's homelessness is becoming a symbol of Atlanta's AIDS housing crisis.

Ford has AIDS, prostate cancer and neuropathy that leaves him wheelchair-bound. He has been homeless since his latest emergency medical housing voucher expired.

Two weeks ago, the Update broke the story about Ford's plight. Since then, numerous organizations have tried to help find him a home -- with no real results. "I'm tired, I'm frustrated, I'm drained and I'm depressed," said Ford, who has been sleeping outside the non-profit AID Atlanta.

Ford's situation is not unique. Atlanta's housing for poor people with HIV/AIDS -- and affordable housing in general -- is notoriously scarce. The city has just 2.5 staffers to provide housing subsidy assistance, supportive services, and housing placement assistance to about 3,000 households.

Call Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and tell him that you are appalled at Patrick Ford's situation, and ask him to help chronically ill people like Patrick Ford get off the streets and into permanent housing.

Office of Mayor Kasim Reed
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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.
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