The HIV, Housing & Employment Project

The HIV, Housing & Employment Project supported the design, implementation, and evaluation of innovative interventions that coordinated HIV care and treatment, housing, and employment services to improve HIV health outcomes for low-income, uninsured, and underserved people with HIV. This Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) initiative was supported through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Minority HIV/AIDS Fund (MHAF) and the SPNS Program.

The overall goal of this coordinated services intervention was to decrease the impact of the social determinants of health (such as unmet housing or employment needs) that affect long-term HIV health outcomes for people with HIV impacted by employment and housing instability. The Project included 12 demonstration sites that implemented, evaluated, and disseminated innovative strategies for integrating HIV care, housing, and employment services into a coordinated intervention. Boston University’s Center for Innovation in Social Work in Health served as the Evaluation and Technical Assistance Provider. To learn more about this initiative, visit the HAB website.


Spotlight: POWER Job Club

Learn how Liberty Community Services, Inc. successfully integrated employment into their existing services through an innovative intervention called POWER (Pursuing Opportunities with Employment & Resources).

Download POWER Job Club Spotlight (PDF)

Spotlight: Helping Clients During COVID-19, Strategies from the Field

Learn strategies to help Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program clients during COVID-19, also known as coronavirus. These approaches are applicable today and many have broader application for hard-to-reach populations in need of social support services during times of uncertainty.

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Spotlight: Bike Exchange

This project spotlight profiles the City of Kansas City, Missouri Health Department (KCHD)’s novel intervention to provide clients living with HIV free bikes to travel to doctor’s appointments, medical case management appointments, employment, and to do normal activities of daily living. This project was an outgrowth of the KC Life 360 intervention, part of the larger housing and employment intervention.

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Issue Brief: Integrating Navigators into Care Systems

This issue brief discusses the integration of navigators into care systems. It includes the definition of "Navigator," roles and responsibilities of navigators within and outside of clinics/agencies. Also included are the steps along the HIV care continuum that navigators help support, team protocols and navigator integration into care teams, and navigator supervision.

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Issue Brief: Tight Housing Markets

This issue brief covers the topic of housing vulnerable populations in tight housing markets, including effective strategies and associated resources.

Download Tight Housing Markets Brief (PDF)

Contact Information

Project Contacts:

Jessica Flaherty
Senior Program Manager
Boston University Center for Innovation in Social Work in Health
Serena Rajabiun, PhD, MA, MPH
Research Assistant Professor
Boston University Center for Innovation in Social Work in Health

HRSA Contacts:

PO Name
Corliss Heath, PhD, MPH, M.Div
PO Title
Division of Training and Capacity Development


Funding Mechanism: Cooperative Agreement

Recipient Organization: Boston University Center for Innovation in Social Work in Health

Grant number: U90HA29236

Project Period: 2017-2021