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A Report on Housing for Persons Living with HIV/AIDS in the City and County of Los Angeles
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To address the housing needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS, Congress approved the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act in 1990, as amended by the Housing and Community Development Act of 1992, authorizing Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), also known as the AIDS Housing Opportunity Act. Under HOPWA, states and localities receive funding annually to develop long-term comprehensive strategies for meeting the housing needs of persons living with HIV and their families. Additionally, since 1991, Ryan White CARE Act funds have been available to provide housing-related services such as housing referrals, emergency financial assistance, emergency housing, transitional housing, and supportive services. Over the past several years, various regions across the country have prepared HIV/AIDS housing needs assessments and/or plans to assist in the development of appropriate housing options with supportive services for persons living with HIV/AIDS. These needs assessments and plans have sought to: describe the housing needs of people living with HIV/AIDS; identify and evaluate the available housing and services; identify gaps in housing and services; develop strategies for filling gaps in housing and services; coordinate HOPWA and Ryan White CARE Act funding activities; and prioritize future funding allocations. Although Los Angeles was one of the earliest communities that saw the first cases of HIV, and quickly developed housing for persons living with HIV, no comprehensive study has ever been conducted on the housing system for persons living with HIV in Los Angeles. Because of this, the City of Los Angeles commissioned Shelter Partnership, Inc. to prepare this report on the housing and social service needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS in the County of Los Angeles. (Authors)
Los Angeles, CA
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