Safe, stable and affordable housing is the foundation on which people with HIV build their lives. Those with unstable or inappropriate housing fare worse in terms of their mental and physical health, and are more likely to participate in high-risk behaviours. People who struggle to meet housing costs must sometimes choose between their HIV medication and other necessities; people who fear stigma and discrimination from landlords and neighbours sometimes take steps to hide their HIV status, compromising their ability to get effective treatment. People with HIV need healthy, health-promoting places to live.

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Bruce House is a community-based organization providing housing, compassionate care and support in Ottawa for people living with HIV and AIDS, based on the belief that everyone has the right to live and die with dignity. Established in 1988, with the generous support of a number of local individuals who provided its first residence, Bruce House has grown to encompass much more. The agency now manages a seven-bed residence that provides 24-hour personal care, as well as support to 40 apartment units throughout the city for people living with HIV and AIDS.

Fife House is an innovative, client-focused provider of secure and supportive affordable housing and services to people living with HIV/AIDS in the Greater Toronto Area. Fife House is recognized as a North American leader in its delivery of services, which are focused on enhancing quality of life, building on individual strengths and promoting independence – recognizing that access to secure and affordable housing is a key determinant for the health and well-being of people living with HIV/AIDS.

Positive Living Niagara is a community-based organization made up of dedicated and caring staff and volunteers committed to providing support, education and advocacy in a safe and confidential environment to all who are affected by HIV and AIDS. Its mission is to provide innovative and proactive approaches to education, a harm-reduction model of prevention and a person-centered focus on support strategies for those affected by HIV.

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