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Chicago: Home in the Works for AIDS Patients
February 24, 2003
Recently, AIDSCare, a northside Chicago home that houses 17 AIDS patients, broke ground for a westside campus that will house dozens of low-income and homeless people with AIDS along with offering medical and other facilities for the North Lawndale community.Adapted from:
"We're trying to enrich the neighborhood while providing housing and services for people who are HIV or AIDS positive," said Jim Flosi, director of AIDSCare.
The $14.5 million, five-building campus will spread across 2.7 acres on the 1200 block of South Kedzie Avenue. Three of the buildings will offer 65 apartments with various levels of assisted or independent living, including a building designed for women or single parents with children who are capable of living on their own but need continued support from social services. The fourth building is a multipurpose building that will house a pharmacy, dental clinic and wellness center, all of which will be available to residents of the North Lawndale community, Flosi said. The fifth structure will be home to various agencies that work with children and a youth education center.
"It's unique," said Luis Vera, director of litigation at the AIDS Legal Council of Chicago. "A campus like this stands as a symbol that there shouldn't be any distinctions between the 'HIV community' and the community as a whole." The fact that the mixed-use project will offer medical and dental services is a concern to some residents, according to Isaac Lewis, editor of North Lawndale Community News. "Some people are worried about the safety factors of using the same health facilities as those who have contracted AIDS," he said.
City officials say the addition of a new business will help a neighborhood that has struggled economically for years. "This campus will keep families together, strengthen our community and vastly improve health care for those who need it most," said Alderperson Michael Chandler (24th).
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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.