In the article "D.C. Zoning Board Ruling Jeopardizes AIDS Hospice" {Metro, July 31}, The Post incorrectly reported that I sympathized with the neighbors who oppose the Gift of Peace facility for homeless AIDS patients and others. On the contrary, I am very much in support of the home.

This facility provides a much-needed service to the District, which is facing a crisis as our private health care systems and our already overburdened public housing and health care services strain to meet the needs of a new population of terminally ill AIDS patients.

The District does not currently have a sufficient number of beds to meet the demands for housing and care of these patients. For persons who have been displaced from their own homes, only the Schwartz Housing Project of the Whitman-Walker Clinic and the Gift of Peace home provide an alternative to expensive institutional care or the streets.

I do understand the fear and emotion that surround AIDS in any community. However, the Gift of Peace home has been operating at 2800 Otis Street NE for almost eight months without any incidence of spread of the disease. Medical evidence has established that the risk of getting AIDS from casual contact is practically nonexistent. Moreover, casual contact is not an issue in this case, as the home is physically isolated on 12 acres of land.

It would truly be a tragedy to lose this facility simply because it is difficult to fit the services it provides into D.C. licensing and zoning categories.

H. R. CRAWFORD D.C. Council Member (Ward 7) Chairman, Committee on Human Services Washington