News Brief Summer 2013

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Summer 13 News BriefHow about some easy summer reading that gets you thinking about how affordable housing influences and is influenced by policy priorities, health outcomes, and early childhood education?Here’s the setting for the front page story. In 1993 RCD began an East Bay AIDS Housing Initiative to provide homes for people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. When Marlon Riggs Apartments opened in 1996, it was one of the first supportive housing developments in the country for people with HIV/AIDS. Funded in part by the federal HUD 811 program for people with disabilities, it was a major policy victory because in effect HUD recognized HIV/AIDS as a disability, which made this special needs housing eligible for 811 funding.Fast forward ten years and Marlon Riggs Apartments is a community that continues to play an important role for people with HIV/AIDS. Read about one of the residents and why affordable housing is a critical part of HIV care in our summer newsletter.

Also in this issue: the new Kids First Academy; The John Stewart Company shows that green building and green operations and maintenance make a difference; a heartfelt thanks to everyone who has supported us on the road ahead; and more. You are welcome to comment and tell us what you’re thinking about – send an email to anyone on our staff or to our office email or give us a call. We love hearing from you!

P.S. Do you know who Marlon Riggs was?

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