At the April 17, 2013, Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing, the National AIDS Housing Coalition (NAHC) learned of a proposal to demote the Office on HIV/AIDS Housing (OHAH) to a division with the Offices of Special Needs Assistance Programs. SAC and SASI are extremely alarmed to hear about this plan to restructure OHAH, especially as the broader HIV/AIDS Housing community was not consulted on any plans to change the office moving forward. We believe that demoting OHAH to a division would structurally damage one of HUD's most cost-effective and widely-respected programs and would jeopardize the goal of reaching an AIDS-free generation within our lifetime.
We know that HIV/AIDS housing is a vital component in health care and plays a crucial role in helping to reduce health care costs. We ask you, the broader members of the HIV/AIDS and Housing Communities to lend your support to our call for HUD to reconsider demoting OHAH to a division and instead appoint a Director that will fulfill the mission of the office and help to propel us toward an AIDS-free generation.
The Office of HIV/AIDS Housing requires strong leadership moving forward to ensure that the key functions of the office are successfully implemented and administered. Appointing a Director will ensure that the OHAH will be able to continue to be a cost-effective, cost-saving program that is able to advocate and provide for persons living with HIV/AIDS. Leaving OHAH without the leadership of a Director weakens a successful offices, puts families and persons living with HIV/AIDS at risk of not being able to access the necessary support systems and hinders the goal of reaching an AIDS-free generation.
If you share our concerns, please join us by signing on with your name, name of your organization (if applicable), city and state.
Thanks for all you do,
The Southern AIDS Coalition (SAC)
and Southern HIV/AIDS Strategy Initiative (SASI)
Deadline: 5 pm Eastern, Friday, June 21, 2013. Please forward this widely and encourage others to sign!