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Peter Toepfer says Center for Housing and Health’s Racial Equity Action Plan is the first step against homelessness in Chicago

February 15, 2022

By Indigo Quashie  Peter Toepfer, Executive Director, Center for Housing and Health  “One of the hallmarks of White Supremacy is fixing the problem and trying to directly come to a solution rather than sit with the discomfort. Rather than taking the time to really do things right and allow for different levels of work.” When asked about his experience...
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AFC presents its 2022 State Legislative Policy Priorities

February 1, 2022

AIDS Foundation Chicago ( AFC) is proud to announce its 2022 state legislative policy agenda . G rounded in racial health equity, t hese legislative priorities are and will help advance the goals and priorities of the Getting to Zero Illinois (GTZ-IL) plan to end the HIV epidemic by 2030.  W e are extremely grateful for the collaboration of the...
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How Life is Work is supporting transgender and gender non-binary communities of color

December 15, 2021

By Ella Shapiro  Growing up  in Garfield Park, Zahara Bassett remembers having to frequently travel to the North Side of Chicago to access gender-affirming spaces and receive medical care, food and housing assistance. Despite loving her neighborhood, it was clear to Zahara, as a Black transgender woman, that...
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Housing is Healthcare

December 9, 2021

By Ella Shapiro For those of us working to end the HIV epidemic it is not news  that housing is health care, but perhaps for others that connection is not so obvious.   When you have a  house, steady employment and a primary care provider it becomes easy to prioritize your health because your basic needs are...
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Remembering Debra La Joyce Thornton: Longtime housing advocate, woman of faith and mother

July 26, 2021

By Bailey Williams Longtime housing advocate Debra La Joyce Thornton, age 64,  passed away Thursday, July 1. Debra is survived by her mother, four children and three grandchildren she loved dearly.  Described by many as  extremely hardworking and dedicated, Debra spent the last two decades helping hundreds...
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AFC’s BIPOC associate board members share their COVID-19 vaccine experiences

April 13, 2021

By Ella Shapiro   Jade Greear, a member of AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC)’s associate board, is excited about this summer and the opportunity to go out more in the upcoming months. Jade’s optimism is something that many of us have not felt while enduring the COVID-19 pandemic, but Jade has good reason to feel optimistic. She’s fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  ...
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Flexible Housing Pool helps young families experiencing homelessness find permanent housing

February 17, 2021

By Bailey Williams  Shortly after having her son in 2019, Robin Petties found herself without stable housing. Her son stayed with his grandparents, while she couch surfed at friends’ apartments or slept in her car.    Robin’s household was just one of many families with children experiencing homelessness in Chicago. In 2018, the last year for which U.S. Census...
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AFC launches new hotel project for people living with HIV who are experiencing homelessness

July 15, 2020

AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) is pleased to announce the launch of Hotel to Home, a project using available hotels in the region to serve people living with HIV who are experiencing homelessness. The goal of the project is to protect people living with HIV from COVID-19 by immediately moving them into hotels and then quickly connecting them to permanent housing options. The project, funded by...
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When 150 housing clients faced transition, AFC and people-of-color-led partners provided uninterrupted support

February 27, 2020

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) successfully transferred 150 supportive housing clients from a partner agency refocusing their work in this arena to six organizations that would continue to provide individualized support. The AFC Housing team worked for 8 months to prepare new case managers to support their new clients and ensure that clients could stay in their homes.   “Our...
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In the face of adversity, this mom's resilience pushed her through

December 3, 2019

By Raven Feagins “I used to wonder, like, ‘What am I here for? What is my purpose in life?’ And I have a purpose now,” said Valerie Linzy, an upbeat, big-hearted mother of six. “There are some young ladies who are going to come behind me from doing sex work that are going to come up HIV-positive that are going to need to know how to live … Here I am...
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