HIVer Susan Howe, 60, is rowdier thanmost retired nurses: The minister’s daughter is trying to savePittsburgh’s endangered Housing Opportunities for PWAs (HOPWA), theagency that helps her pay rent. She’s petitioning legislators, and inOctober, she’ll march on Washington in the Campaign to End AIDS (C2EA;visit If money is tight, Howe says fight.

Why are you marching?
Since I’m an AIDS patient, how can I not? We shouldn’t be cutting PWA housing to run a war.

How would housing cuts affect you?
If Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Penn.) cuts HOPWA funding as proposed, I and many Pittsburgh AIDS patients will be in the streets.

Can you afford to get to the march?
Onsupplemental security income (SSI), I get $579 a month and Medicaid.I’ll join the planned cross-country caravan or drive up by myself.

How can poor folks get to DC?
Everyonelives in a federally funded Ryan White region; you could ask your localcoalition for funding. Beyond that, people should ask local AIDSservice organizations, corporations and churches to fund their trip.

How have you won HIVer rights?
Wewon housing priority for PWAs by repeatedly writing letters andembarrassing authorities into doing the right thing. I present myselfso that I can’t be dismissed. Other advocates call me the bulldog.