WHAT IS OWN HOME?
DOORWAYS’ Own Home Program is the primary provider of housing services to people living with HIV infection throughout the St. Louis Metropolitan region. The goals of DOORWAYS’ Own Home Program are to (1) help clients locate and secure safe, affordable housing, and (2) assist clients who face eviction from their homes or loss of utility services because of financial crises related to their illness.
The program provides over $1 million annually in rent, mortgage, utility, and move-in subsidies on behalf of people who are homeless, or who would otherwise become homeless. The Own Home program serves clients throughout a broad geographic range that includes seven counties in Missouri and eight counties in Illinois. Own Home staff also provide housing counseling, referral to community resources and a clearinghouse list of landlords with safe and affordable units available to people living with HIV/AIDS. Through the clearinghouse, DOORWAYS’ Own Home program inspects units to determine cleanliness and safety, assesses compliance with housing quality standards, maintains a list of approved units for clients in need, and advocates for clients with landlords and utility companies.
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WHY IS OWN HOME IMPORTANT?
Mortgage assistance and long or short-term rental subsidy help low-income families maintain stability and independence. In a study by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, researchers found that a person who relies on Supplemental Security Income (a maximum of $721 per month for 2014) cannot afford even a studio apartment in any county of the United States 4. Further, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development 91% of SSI recipients have incomes of under $1,000 per month nationally which is considered “very low” income5. Own Home clients are able to remain in stable housing utilizing these resources.
Funding for this project was provided in part by The Missouri Foundation for Health. The Missouri Foundation for Health is a philanthropic organization whose vision is to improve the health of people in the communities it serves.