Homelessness And Homelessness

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Homelessness and HIV is an issue that can sometimes go hand in hand, but does homelessness lead to a person getting HIV or does HIV lead to a person becoming homeless? The National Alliance to End Homelessness estimates that 3.4% of homeless people were HIV positive in 2006. Only 0.4% of the general population (adults and adolescents) were infected during the same time in 2006. In 2007 HIV/AIDS deaths were more prevalent in the homeless population than it was in 2006. (National coalation for the homeless, 2012) HIV/AIDS and homelessness are intricately related. The cost of the medication to keep HIV under control can become overwhelming to keep up with, causing health related absences. People living with HIV/AIDS also run the risk of discrimination…show more content…
Currently, HOPWA is the only federal program dedicated to housing issues for HIV-infected persons. Specific state-by-state HOPWA information is available at the HIV/AIDS HOPWA website. In addition, other HUD programs may also provide valuable housing assistance, particularly for persons disabled by AIDS. Providers and case managers should be aware that CARE funds can be used for housing needs of HIV-infected persons; a detail of the funding is contained in the HIV/AIDS Bureau policy 99-02: Use of Ryan White Care Act Funds for Housing Referral Services and Short-Term or emergency housing needs. (University of Washington,…show more content…
I see so much with a lot of my tenants and it breaks my heart. I see firsthand for the first time in my life what drugs can do to people and what people will do to get those drugs. Majority of my tenant population were homeless before getting into their studio apartment. Some want to try to make a change for the better and turn their lives around, some are just lost causes and have been put out or are on their way out. We offer support services for our tenants with 2 programs. Turning Point (http://www.tpcp.org/) and Wellspace Health (http://www.wellspacehealth.org/index.htm) and have in house counselors that provide support in the form of rides to the doctor, or grocery store and the food bank to name a few. They also supply bus passes and pick up medications for the tenants. We also host NA and AA meetings on site. We have medical professional teach about the spread of HIV/AIDS and how to keep safe if they are still using needles. My belief is trying to eliminate homelessness is the first step to help stop the spread of the disease within the homeless population. Educating the homeless on the disease itself is the second. I’ve seen first-hand that some just simply don’t care, but I think it’s worth trying. Getting the general population to care is hard and getting funding in this population is even
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