Since its founding, DOORWAYS has developed programs that strive to meet both the existing and developing populations of individuals affected by HIV/AIDS.
As one of the most comprehensive AIDS housing programs in the nation, DOORWAYS offers a variety of housing options designed to meet the diverse needs of the HIV-affected population. Today, DOORWAYS serves: those who are chronically ill and cannot live independently, men, women and single parents with children who require supportive services in addition to housing assistance, and adults with and without dependent children who need monthly rental and utility assistance. All DOORWAYS’ clients live below the federal poverty level.
The organization has served more than 7,000 households since its founding, and currently assists more than 600 adults and 300 children locally and statewide in Missouri and Illinois through four core programs.
Learn more about each of our programs by clicking the link below:
The Own Home Program not only shelters the homeless but works to prevent homelessness for those who are stably housed. Own Home provides emergency housing, rent, mortgage, utility and move-in subsidies to individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS.
The Outstate program, DOORWAYS’ farthest reaching program, was developed to bring services to under-served and rural communities in 62 Missouri and 55 Illinois counties. It provides transitional housing and related services funding to AIDS service organizations that serve persons affected by HIV/AIDS. Project partners in Missouri include the AIDS Project of the Ozarks and RAIN– Central Missouri, Inc. (formerly Regional AIDS Interfaith Network.) In Illinois, DOORWAYS collaborates with Bethany Place and Fifth Street Renaissance.
The Residential program has 103 apartment units at six sites located throughout the City of St. Louis. The Residential program serves people affected by HIV/AIDS who are capable of independent living but whose financial and health issues limit their ability to pay fair market rent.
Jumpstart is a program designed for homeless single parents with HIV/AIDS. Jumpstart provides rental assistance and supportive services for single parent families in St. Louis.
Cooper House, formerly known as the DOORWAYS Supportive Housing Facility, is the most comprehensive and service-enriched program, offering permanent supportive housing for people with HIV/AIDS who cannot live independently due to mental and physical concerns. Many of the residents in DSHF have suffered from chronic homelessness. The fully-accessible facility features 36 studio rooms complete with full baths and provides 24-hour supervision and nursing care and supportive and social services.
DOORWAYS hosts the Missouri AIDS Task Force (MATF). The Missouri AIDS Task Force is a coalition of AIDS service providers, volunteers and individuals affected by HIV/AIDS fighting to reduce stigma, increase access to care, supportive services, education and prevention by shaping public policy and through community outreach.