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. 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). Findings from this study will inform Federal policymakers about innovative program integration models that address both housing and health.
The information we are gathering from the IHHP projects will be summarized in a final report for ASPE describing the IHHP programs and their local contexts. While our report will describe the experiences and viewpoints expressed by local program staff and partners, we will not quote any individuals by name. Your participation is entirely voluntary; if you decide not to participate in this interview, your grant will not be affected. With your permission, I would like to tape record this discussion to as a back-up for 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?