Several AIDS-related nonprofits are gathering community members and city officials to address San Francisco’s housing crisis and how it impacts HIV care and treatment for Latinos.
The event, planned in observance of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day, is set for 4 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, October 15 at Mission Neighborhood Centers, 362 Capp Street, San Francisco.
Guest speakers are expected to include Bevan Dufty, a gay man who serves as director of Housing Opportunity, Partnerships and Engagement for Mayor Ed Lee. Participating agencies include Instituto Familiar de la Raza, Mission Neighborhood Health Center, AGUILAS, and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation-Latino Programs.
“There is a housing crisis in San Francisco and Latinos living with, and at-risk of, HIV/AIDS are greatly impacted by this situation,” said organizers in a news release this week. “Agencies working on HIV prevention and care with the Latino community are faced with limitations when helping clients access stable housing due to skyrocketing rent prices, closed housing waitlists, long wait lists for rent subsidy programs, and an increase in gentrification of low income neighborhoods.”
As a result, many people are forced to leave San Francisco, which “often makes them ineligible for services” in the city, according to organizers.
Among other risks, people who lack stable housing may have trouble adhering to their medications.
For more information, contact Erick Arguello at (415) 558-8403 or firstname.lastname@example.org.