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Housing

HASA Changes Housing Policies Again, Marking Fourth Change in Over Two Years

Over the last few months, there have been a lot of rumors about HASA changing its housing policies, including word from CBOs and case managers that leases for one-bedroom apartments were no longer being accepted, making it dangerously difficult for p...

By Sunny Bjerk for Housing Works
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HIV Infection Rates Continue to Rise Among MSM and Communities of Color

Last week the CDC released its latest figures on HIV/AIDS infection rates within the United States, and a few things were made clear.

The good news is that overall, new HIV infections on the whole have not increased. Since the mid 90s, the annual do...

By Sunny Bjerk for Housing Works
Is "AIDS Fatigue" Real? Media Coverage of HIV/AIDS Has Sharply Declined Img

Is "AIDS Fatigue" Real? Media Coverage of HIV/AIDS Has Sharply Declined

A recent ruling that found a New York City realtor guilty of HIV discrimination "was a monumental achievement and very big news," Housing Works' Sunny Bjerk writes. "Yet save a few HIV/AIDS organizations and some wonderful social media chatter, the s...

By Sunny Bjerk for Housing Works
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A Free Man: David Plunkett Finally Released and Speaks to Housing Works

After serving five years in a New York State prison for biting a police officer and wrongfully being convicted for "aggravated assault with a dangerous instrument" because he has HIV, David Plunkett was finally released and walked out a free man on J...

By Sunny Bjerk for Housing Works
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News

Same Gray Area: D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray Fails to Come Clean About City's HIV/AIDS Rates Again

This morning as D.C. Mayor Gray took the stage to speak at the official opening of the Global Village at the International AIDS Conference, at least a dozen Housing Works activists marched down the aisles chanting "Housing is health care, end the wai...

By Sunny Bjerk for Housing Works