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CALIFORNIA: Oakland HIV/AIDS Housing the Focus of Meeting




 

Local activists, consumers, and advocates in Oakland, Calif., met to discuss housing for persons living with HIV/AIDS a few days before Affordable Housing Week, which ends May 19. Darice Bridges, AIDS housing information and referral coordinator for Alameda County 211, discussed local resources available and supplied a list of Alameda County developers/projects with units set aside for persons with AIDS. Many in the audience commented on the fact that housing needs were shifting. When the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program began, HIV was considered a “death sentence,” housing was mostly hospice housing, and most of the funding was still based on AIDS cases and not for people living with HIV. All present agreed that housing was an important tool for ending the spread of HIV and that advocacy was an essential part of the process.



 


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