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HOPWA Modernization Proposal: Need for Community Input and Consensus

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Published on May 27, 2014

National AIDS Housing Coalition (NAHC), the Southern AIDS Coalition, Southern HIV/AIDS Strategy Initiative, and HIV Prevention Justice Alliance hosted a community discussion on the modernization proposal for the Housing for Persons with AIDS Program (HOPWA).

The President's FY 2015 budget proposal, released in March, included an outline of the update to the HOPWA program. The proposal included significant changes, such as the addition of new short-and medium-term housing interventions, assistance for homeless persons, and increased administrative fees. Additionally, the update included a momentous change to the HOPWA funding formula.

While the HIV/AIDS housing community has long supported a change to the HOPWA funding formula that would be based on living HIV/AIDS cases, it is vitally important to gain community consensus on how to implement changes fairly and without destabilizing existing HIV/AIDS housing programs.

Partners from NAHC, AIDS Alabama, AIDS Project Los Angeles, and AIDS United will share an overview of the HOPWA legislation, present community perspectives from differing jurisdictions, and provide context of the current political landscape. The webinar will end with a Q&A session and opportunity for comment, with the goal of building community input and consensus on a fair and equitable way to implement changes to the HOPWA funding formula.

When: Thursday, May 22, 2:00pm-3:30pm ET

Panelists include:

Donna Crews, Director of Government Affairs -- AIDS United
Kathie Hiers, CEO -- AIDS Alabama
Jason Wise, Local Policy Specialist - AIDS Project Los Angeles

Moderator: Nancy Bernstine, Executive Director -- National AIDS Housing Coalition

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