One in a series of primers on various legal issues as they pertain to people living with HIV/AIDS, this primer on housing law provides guidance on the laws protecting people with HIV from housing discrimination and ensuring their ability to find safe and stable housing. The primer focuses on the Fair Housing Act as it relates to tenants with HIV/AIDS, and provides information on Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) and other federal housing assistance programs. The primer also provides information on the effect of past criminal activity on the ability to secure federal housing assistance. In March 2010, the Primer was updated to include a section on how U.S. advocates can use international human rights law to support a person with HIV's right to safe, stable, and affordable housing.
The Center for HIV Law and Policy is a national resource and advocacy organization working to advance the rights of people affected by HIV. We combine an online HIV Policy Resource Bank, a creative national advocacy agenda, and case assistance focused on systems and institutions with significant impact on marginalized communities.