AIDS Housing Alliance/SF believes in a world where all people have a safe, decent, and affordable home. Toward this vision, we prevent homelessness for people with HIV/AIDS by protecting the housing we already have, providing resources to secure new housing, and promoting public policy to increase opportunity for all. Our goal is to become the largest housing service provider, and largest employer, for people with HIV/AIDS in San Francisco.
According to the San Francisco Board of Supervisor's Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Housing Plan, there are up to 2,500 homeless people with HIV/AIDS in San Francisco and 13,000 with an unmet housing need. We are disproportionately impacted by homelessness. 14% of people with HIV/AIDS are homeless at any given time.
The National AIDS Housing Coalition reports that up to 60% of people with HIV/AIDS will experience housing instability at least once during the course of their illness. Those who lose their housing are 5 times as likely to perish and are much higher users of expensive emergency care.
The provision of housing assistance leads to a 50% reduction in behavior that can lead to viral transmission making housing resources one of the most cost-effective HIV prevention tools available.
It is in this context that the AIDS Housing Alliance/SF was born. We are a strong, independent and authentic voice for the needs of people with HIV/AIDS, founded and run by disabled people with HIV/AIDS.
Brian Basinger & James Nykolay, founders