Ann Oliva, of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, shared some of the key initiatives HUD is involved in to address the link between housing and health care.
Oliva explained that her office is proposing formula reforms to HOPWA funding and working to elevate housing within the national HIV strategy through contributions to the Federal Action Plan – which was forthcoming at the time of the Summit.
Oliva’s office is also in the process of investigating the link between intimate partner violence and HIV, which includes working with the Department of Justice to determine holistic approaches that will work at the community level. They’ve also developed a partnership with the Department of Labor, to focus on employment as an essential response to HIV, and have launched online training on employment issues for HOPWA grantees.
In terms of alignment between HUD priorities and the national Opening Doors strategy, Oliva named intimate partner violence, coordinated data entry and data collection as key areas of focus.