The DC Department of Health HIV / AIDS Administration reported that at least 400 people known to homeless and living with HIV / AIDS in the city than in December 2007, 75 percent were male and 83 percent were black. Nationwide, 3 percent to 10 percent of the homeless are HIV-positive – about 10 times greater than the general population – and the HIV / AIDS mortality homeless is 7-9 times higher than the general population, according to Nancy Bernstein, Executive Director of the National AIDS Housing Coalition (Kaiser Daily HIV / AIDS Report.
The plan requires the city to shelters more accessible, provide training for shelter staff, create policies to ensure accessibility and to improve communication with disabled population. The city is also required to monitor the contractor, HIV positive – program to manage and strengthen public hearings on the plan. According to the Times, the Justice Department began investigating the district after receiving complaints that it’s ‘common ‘Americans with Disabilities Act violations. The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless says that more than 6,000 people homeless in the district on an average day, 47 percent of them are ‘chronically homeless ‘.. Continue reading “75 percent were male and 83 percent were black.”