Housing Works is a leader in the international movement to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS. We focus on implementing and supporting structural interventions that alleviate HIV/AIDS, such as housing to help stabilize the viral loads of people living with HIV/AIDS and providing them linkages to care.
In December 2012, we were elected as one of two North American representatives to the NGO delegation of the Programme Coordinating Board of UNAIDS (Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS). As part of the PCB, Housing Works serves as a voice for all people living with HIV/AIDS and at-risk populations, and works to ensure that HIV/AIDS is included in the UN’s post-2015 development goals.
In addition to our leadership services, we also partner with local organizations in the Caribbean to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS. In Haiti, we provide technical assistance and foster LGBT and human rights to empower the local community. Last year, Housing Works helped host the country’s first LGBT conference, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, bringing together over 300 LGBT individuals to discuss sexual orientation and gender-based discrimination in the Haitian community. In addition, Housing Works’ recently sponsored groundbreaking research on the trends and transmission among MSM communities in Haiti, to be published later this year.
Housing Works also supports harm reduction services and drug policy changes in the Dominican Republic. Working alongside CAIM, Housing Works provides technical assistance to local organizations to implement the region’s first syringe exchange program.
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