Positive Spaces Healthy Places (PSHP) has been the catalyst for local, national and international partnerships that are leading to better housing and other supports for people with HIV. The PSHP partnership has had a dramatic impact. PSHP data has been used effectively to leverage funding and support for organizations and partnerships locally, nationally, and abroad. PSHP findings are cited in the Ontario Human Rights Commission Report, Right at home: Report on the consultation on rental housing and human rights.
The study has helped many people living with or at risk of HIV advocate succesfully for better support services. Important national and international partnerships were formed. These partnerships have evolved into a coalition of community members, housing providers, researchers and academics who are tackling the issue of a broader and more comprehensive national housing blueprint.
The partnership examined opportunities for knowledge exchange, education and coalition building with local and provincial-level housing organizations, and developed a community-based research strategy to study the housing needs of people living with HIV in relation to their overall health and well-being. Full funding and support of the PSHP research study has been provided by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Ontario HIV Treatment Network, the Wellesley Institute, the AIDS Bureau of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, and the Ontario AIDS Network.
The legacy of this successful partnership will be a lasting one. In addition to the dramatic change in housing policy and services achieved by the PSHP partnership and the development of the PRA institute, new national and international partnerships and the integration of many of the questions raised by PSHP into ongoing clinical and cohort studies suggest that there will be more examples of successful research – and successful partnerships – in the future.