Connecting Housing, Healthcare, and Mainstream Systems: Learning from the Successes and Challenges of Integrated HIV/AIDS Housing Planning
Healthcare, homeless and housing services, and related social services are often disconnected systems, yet represent key elements comprising the system of care for persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). Connecting Housing, Healthcare, and Mainstream Systems: Learning from the Successes and Challenges of the Integrated HIV/AIDS Housing Plan (HOPWA Special Projects of National Significance) highlights the successes and challenges of grantees funded under the Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) program’s Integrated HIV/AIDS Housing Plan (IHHP) grants, a part of the Special Projects of National Significance. Seven IHHP grantees were selected based on their community-wide strategies to build necessary community partnerships to breakdown the systems barriers that impede access and continuation of care. Through the use of case studies, the presentation highlights the first year strategies, the barriers confronted, and the challenges and successes experienced by the seven participating communities. In addition, the presentation addresses ways in which the communities utilized housing data, health data, and key systems to support their efforts. After the first year of IHHP implementation, each Grantee has made significant efforts in coordinating and collaborating with traditionally disconnected systems (healthcare, homeless and housing services, and related social services) to improve systematic delivery of housing and services to low-income individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS in the community.
Russell L. Bennett, LGSW, PhD, Collaborative Solutions, Inc., Birmingham, AL; Amy Palilonis, MSW, Office of HIV/AIDS Housing, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, Washington, DC