Arena is starting to look a little less important.

Sure. It would bring revenue. It would add jobs. But while there’s loads of time, energy and money being spent on deciding if/where/when we’re going to stick the new arena, there’s something really sad happening to Sacramento’s elderly HIV-population: they’re running out of places to live.

Not that it has to be a case of one or the other . . . but I find it sad that the arena issue has been getting a lot of press time lately, and like all things related to the sick or the elderly — or in this case, both — the issue of our elderly HIV-population having a hard time securing assisted living housing in this community has gone, for the most part, unnoticed by the general public.

Kudos to the Sac Bee for reporting it, to groups like the AIDS Housing Alliance in Sacramento who are doing something about it, and to the County, who is apparently aware of the issue and is doing a “review” of the matter.

I, for one, would be interested in a follow-up story.

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