The purpose of the SURE Housing initiative is to implement and evaluate housing-related interventions for three priority populations of people with HIV experiencing unstable housing, who often have the highest HIV-related disparities:


Youth and young adults (aged 18-24)


People with legal system involvement


People who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ+)

The four-year project is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration HIV/AIDS Bureau (HRSA HAB). The project funds ten RWHAP sites around the U.S. to implement a housing related intervention for one of the above focus populations. An Implementation Technical Assistance Provider (ITAP) and Evaluation Provider (EP) are also funded.

Boston University is funded as the EP for the initiative. The Evaluation Provider is responsible for designing, planning, and conducting a methodologically rigorous multi-site evaluation study of the implementation and client outcomes for the funded sites, as well as creating products to disseminate the findings of the evaluation.



BU Project Team

The Evaluation Provider team, based at Boston University, includes researchers from CISWH and the School of Public Health


Key Partners

  • JSI Research & Training Institute

    JSI is a leading non-profit organization specializing in global and domestic public health with headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts. Researchers at JSI are recognized leaders in implementing improvements in HIV care, health systems transformation, and evaluation.

  • University of Massachusetts, Lowell

    University of Massachusetts, Lowell, (UML) Department
    of Public Health includes diverse faculty with expertise in the fields of population health, health disparities, implementation science, social epidemiology, and mental health. The UML research team, led by CISHW Affiliate Faculty Serena Rajabiun, PhD, MA, MPH, has over 15 years of experience designing and leading qualitative and quantitative multisite evaluation studies and providing evaluation and programmatic technical assistance.

  • Implementation TA Partner

    Implementation Technical Assistance Provider (ITAP) provides the sites with technical assistance for implementing and adapting the housing interventions. The ITAP will also develop replication tools for other organizations to uptake and adopt these intervention strategies. The ITAP is comprised of TA providers from the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) and Collaborative Solutions Inc.







Funded Implementation Sites

    • Orange County Government and Zebra Youth – Orlando, FL
    • AIDS Foundation Chicago – Chicago, IL
    • Big Bend Cares – Tallahassee, FL
    • Eastern Oregon Center for Independent – Ontario, OR
    • The Open Door – Pittsburgh, PA
    • AIDS Services of Dallas – Dallas, TX
    • Care Resource Community Health Cares – Miami, FL
    • DAP Health – Palm Springs, CA
    • Doorways – St. Louis, MO
    • Gay Men’s Health Crisis – New York, NY






This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $800,000 with zero
percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit