"There are a thousand people on a waiting list for AIDS housing here in the District of Columbia," shouted a protester. "That is shameful and that's why we say 'shame, shame, shame.'"
The half dozen HIV activists that stampeded into Gray's s press conference said the mayor's citywide task force on HIV had done very little other than hold a few token meetings. Gray, who has been an outspoken supporter of HIV prevention programs, asked that he be allowed to finish his welcoming remarks, but protesters chanted the mayor off the stage, saying his administration had not presented a comprehensive plan to address the District's escalating HIV/AIDS problem and secure city assisted housing for approximately 1,000 HIV patients.
On his way out Gray had little to say. "I've not seen any list, I know nothing about a list and wouldn't have used it even if there was a list," said Gray.
DC Appleseed, which for seven years has rated the District's efforts to battle HIV/AIDS, included housing for the first time in the latest report issued last week. The city's housing efforts were not graded. The report merely noted that in spite of a litany of programs in place to help low income residents obtain affordable housing, the tens of thousands of people requiring housing overburdens current resources.
When you give to WAMU, your tax-deductible membership gift helps make possible award-winning programs such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered, The Diane Rehm Show, The Kojo Nnamdi Show, and other favorites.