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AIDS 2012: Housing Works Protesters Demand a Seat at the Table

, by Reilly O'Neal

“Ending homelessness starts with love.” (photo: Reilly O’Neal)

Protesters with Housing Works marched through the AIDS 2012 Media Center this morning, chanting, “You can’t end AIDS without people with AIDS!” Housing Works and fellow housing advocates here in Washington, DC, are demanding a seat at the table for community representatives—members of the very groups most affected by HIV/AIDS—in designing and implementing programs to house people living with the virus.

The mission of Housing Works is to end “the dual crises of AIDS and homelessness.” Multiple studies link unstable housing and homelessness with greater risk for HIV infection and decreased access to HIV treatment and care. The New York City–based Housing Works helps New Yorkers with HIV/AIDS access housing, and operates more than 170 housing units throughout the city.

Click here to learn more about Housing Works and how you can advocate for housing for people with HIV/AIDS. For more about HIV and housing, see the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance’s excellent summary, “Issue Brief: Housing, HIV and Social Justice,” available here.

Reilly O’Neal is a freelance writer and former editor of BETA.

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