St. Louis AIDS/HIV Housing Earns National Recognition
December 12, 2002
The Doorways interfaith AIDS residence program was named a "shining star" by the St. Louis office of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. It was one of 11 Missouri programs recognized for spreading light throughout the community.Adapted from:
Based on the premise that housing is part of healthcare, Doorways operates five residences in the St. Louis area, with plans to open two more. HUD recently awarded the agency a $1.3 million grant to provide supportive housing for people with HIV/AIDS in 79 of the state's 115 counties.
Doorways residents receive a private bedroom and bath. A round-the-clock staff helps them manage medication, offers counseling, and provides services such as meals and laundry. Amenities include a medication room, pool table, hair salon, and kitchens on each floor. Doorways is not a hospice. President Lynne Cooper estimates that about 70 percent of the patients improve and move on to independent housing.
Cooper said housing must play a role in battling AIDS. "It used to be when people contracted HIV, they got poorer. Now, it's more poor people contracting HIV," she noted, adding that she's seeing more HIV/AIDS infected people battling multiple issues such as mental health or substance abuse problems.
Doorways assists about 450 people a month, and has approximately 100 individuals or families on a waiting list. The agency's levels of assistance range from permanent housing to temporary apartments, from short-term funds to help someone remain at home to simply matching clients up with landlords.
Supportive housing residents pay 30 percent of their income. Housing and nursing cost about $200 a day, hundreds less than the cost of clients being hospitalized, Cooper explained.
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.