This report provides a review of the literature on the overlapping epidemics of mass incarceration and HIV/AIDS concentrated among poor communities of color, and the role that housing instability plays in exacerbating both. After exploring the interconnectedness of housing status, prevention and treatment of HIV, health outcomes for persons living with HIV/AIDS, and incarceration, this report outlines programmatic, policy, and research recommendations to improve outcomes among ex-offenders. The author also includes an overview of advocacy opportunities through current federal policy initiatives.
The Center for HIV Law and Policy challenges barriers to the rights and health of people affected by HIV through legal advocacy, high-impact policy initiatives, and creation of cross-issue partnerships, networks, and resources. We support movement building that amplifies the power of individuals and communities to mobilize for change that is rooted in racial, gender, and economic justice.