This article was reported by Atlanta INTown.
Atlanta INTown reported on Jerusalem House, which has provided housing support for homeless and low-income men women and children affected by HIV/AIDS for 25 years. When Jerusalem House began in 1989 with five housing units, it provided AIDS patients a safe place to die with dignity. At present, Jerusalem House, with the help of partners from the Atlanta community including Southern Bell, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, and the Woodruff Foundation, is a place of stability and hope with 140 furnished units serving approximately 240 individuals daily, including more than 100 children.
It is Atlanta’s largest provider of permanent supportive housing for this population. Jerusalem House leases two properties in the Druid Hills neighborhood -- one for single adults and one for single mothers and their children -- and leases a block of apartments for adults and families. Residents create a plan leading to living on their own eventually, and receive case management, meals, counseling, budgeting classes, healthcare, and other needs. The program offers homework assistance at its learning center and supplies onsite counseling through its partners.
Charlie Frew, executive director of Jerusalem House, explained that the program would like more permanent facilities. Its goal is to own instead of rent, because of the difficulty for government-funded programs to keep up with rental increases. In addition, residential facilities will allow the program to provide more supportive services.