Maine HIV/AIDS Housing Facility to Close, Cites Declining Demand
August 29, 2008
he only assisted living facility in Maine that cares specifically for HIV-positive people, Peabody House, will close by the end of the year because of declining demand, officials at the Frannie Peabody Center said Tuesday, the Portland Press Herald reports. Patti Capouch, executive director of the Frannie Peabody Center, said the closing of Peabody House, which opened in 1995, reflects the fact people living with HIV/AIDS now are able to better manage the disease and live longer because of new antiretroviral drugs.
Chris Behan, a founder and former board member of Peabody House, said that although he understands that Peabody House cannot financially sustain itself without six full-time residents and state health care subsidies, he is concerned for those who still need similar services. "I'm happy that Peabody House isn't needed as much as it was in the past, but some people still need that level of support," Behan said. He added, "Peabody House was a miracle because the community came together and supported it. Now, the burden is on the community once again to care for its most vulnerable people" (Bouchard/Goad, Portland Press Herald , 8/27).
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