STOP PRESS: August 2016: Due to changes in the HOPWA grant formula, the City of Atlanta has allocated additional funds to Jerusalem House. Our original projection of more than 200 additional homes has increased to more than 300! At the end of the expansion, which should be completed in September 2017, we will be serving 625 men, women, and children.
The press release on our original expansion is below.
More Than 270 Additional People Affected by HIV/AIDS Expected to Become Residents of The Oldest and Largest Permanent Supportive Housing Program in Atlanta.
ATLANTA (September 1, 2015) – Jerusalem House announced today that it will provide permanent, supportive housing to more than 270 additional people over the next two years. New funding of $4 million will be provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the City of Atlanta Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program (HOPWA) to fund the expansion of the Jerusalem House Scattered Site II Program.
This increased grant empowers Jerusalem House to provide more than 200 additional homes to house homeless and low-income people living with HIV/AIDS, and their immediate families. The organization will increase its housing portfolio to over 372 housing units. Most important is that more than 500 people will have homes. One-third of the new residents are expected to be dependent children living in families affected by HIV/AIDS.
“The recently updated National Policy on HIV/AIDS clearly affirms that caring for someone living with HIV/AIDS remains a priority, and research has shown that someone who is housed is more likely to get connected to care and stay on their medication,” says Executive Director Charlie Frew. “Housing is integral to caring for people affected by HIV/AIDS. It reduces emergency room and inpatient services, helps with drug adherence and even helps prevent new infections. We are excited to be able to welcome so many new residents.”
- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) ranks Atlanta 5th among US cities when it comes to the rate of new diagnoses of HIV.
- Half of Atlanta’s newly diagnosed people living with HIV have developed full-blown AIDS. (CDC)
- An estimated 1.2 million Americans are currently living with HIV in the US. (CDC)
With this vast expansion, Jerusalem House invites everyone to get involved, volunteer or make a donation at www.jerusalemhouse.org.
About Jerusalem House
Founded in 1988, Jerusalem House is Atlanta’s oldest and largest provider of permanent supportive housing for homeless and low-income men, women and children struggling with HIV/AIDS. They currently operate five residential housing programs including Program for Adults, Family Program, Scattered Site I, Scattered Site II, and New Horizons TBRA Programs, providing permanent supportive housing designated for this underserved population in Metropolitan Atlanta. For more information, please visit www.jerusalemhouse.org or contact Liz Lapidus Public Relations.
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