Thank you for agreeing to participate in this discussion. My name is Meg Hargreaves and I work for Mathematica Policy Research, an independent research firm. As you know, Mathematica Policy Research and Cloudburst are conducting a study for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) about housing and care services for people living with HIV/AIDS. The study has two components: (1) a quantitative analysis of national HIV housing assistance data and (2) a qualitative study of Integrated HIV/AIDS Housing Plan (IHHP) projects funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The goal of the study is to identify potential best practices. Findings from the study will inform Federal policymakers about innovative program integration models that address both housing and health.
The information we gather will be used to write a report for ASPE describing integrated HIV housing and care programs and the local contexts in which they operate. While our report will describe the experiences and viewpoints expressed by IHHP programs staff from each site, we will not attribute specific comments to individuals. Please note that we will not quote any individuals by name in any report. Your participation is voluntary; if you decide not to participate in this interview, your decision will not affect your grant. With your permission, I would like to tape record this discussion to help me remember your comments when I write up my notes. Recordings will be retained throughout the remainder of the project and then destroyed after the final report is complete. Do you have any objections?
We have scheduled up to 90 minutes for our discussion today, though we may not use the entire time. Do you have any questions before we start?