Under My Umbrella: The Housing Experiences of HIV Positive Parents Who Live With and Care for Their Children - Homeless Hub Research Summary Series

People living with HIV most at risk of homelessness are women, Aboriginal populations and new Canadians. Housing is known to be fundamental to the health and well being of individuals, and therefore one of the most urgent unmet needs for people living with HIV. Many families affected by HIV experience near homelessness as a result of social and financial challenges. HIV positive parents experience a number of interconnected barriers to living in appropriate and stable housing for both themselves and their children. Parents who are HIV positive must cope with discrimination, stigma, poverty and the stresses of planning for possible sickness or death, as well as the everyday stresses of life. The combination of these concerns can lead to feelings of depression and hopelessness.

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