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Supportive housing improves health of formerly homeless people with HIV/AIDS

Supportive housing improves health of formerly homeless people with HIV/AIDS
Ask Elizabeth Bowen about the intersection of homelessness and HIV/AIDS in the United States and she'll respond without hesitation, "Housing equals health." That conclusion seemed clear to Bowen, assistant professor in the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, during the four years she worked in a supportive housing program in Chicago, Illinois. Now as a UB researcher she has published a study that empirically supports what she experienced on the ground. Supportive housing, a program of rental assistance and support services, is associated with improvements in the health outcomes of previously homeless people living with HIV/AIDS," she says.
That conclusion seemed clear to Bowen, assistant professor in the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, during the four years she worked in a supportive program in Chicago, Illinois. Now as a UB researcher she has published a study that empirically supports what she experienced on the ground.
"Supportive housing, a program of rental assistance and support services, is associated with improvements in the of previously homeless people living with HIV/AIDS," she says.
"Without stable housing it's hard to achieve these good health outcomes."
The study, which appears in the journal AIDS Care, relied on biometric data that predicts how effectively the body combats the virus.


Read more at: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-05-housing-health-homeless-people-hivaids.html#jCp