Pennsylvania: Calcutta House Offers Safe Haven
May 21, 2009
Founded in 1987 as a place where people with AIDS could spend their last days with dignity, Calcutta House today provides housing and highly supportive medical and psychosocial care for AIDS patients who are homeless or at risk of becoming so.
"When you look at what an individual needs to do when they're living in poverty -- the fact that on a daily basis they have to decide where they are going to find shelter, where they are going to eat, how they are going to take care of their children -- those problems are always going to be first priority, so that pushes their health care to the bottom of the list," Teter said.
Over 40 people are on the waiting list for Calcutta House. The problem, said Teter, is that many residents are ready to leave but have no place to go. Calcutta House plans to expand by 2010, with the first phase of an independent housing facility having 20 units.
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