How’s Things Started

A network of community leaders in the Ontario HIV/AIDS sector identified housing as one of the greatest unmet needs of people with HIV. A partnership developed between community-based AIDS service and network organizations and university researchers. Nearly every geographic region in Ontario was represented in the partnership. Participants included: AIDS Thunder Bay, AIDS Niagara, Bruce House, Fife House, the Ontario AIDS Network, the Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy, McMaster University, York University, the University of Toronto and the Ontario HIV Treatment Network.

Collaborative efforts of the partnership resulted in the successful funding of Positive Spaces Healthy Places, a longitudinal province-wide community-based research initiative – the first of its kind in Canada – implemented by a team of peer researchers to examine housing and health in the context of HIV and to assess the current and projected housing needs of people with HIV in Ontario.