SUBSIDIES

THE HOUSING SUBSIDIES PROGRAM

The Own Home Housing Subsidies program prevents homelessness by providing financial assistance for housing-related bills for individuals affected by HIV/AIDS living in their own accommodations. Poor health and health complications associated with HIV/AIDS can lead to loss of work, loss of income, and limited access to resources. These or other life-challenging events can lead to a financial crisis that can result in unpaid bills and, ultimately, disconnection of services or even eviction.

The Own Home Housing Subsidies program provides temporary assistance to respond to a life-challenging event that creates a shortage in funds for housing-related payments. Funding levels and duration depend on funding sources. Some provide one-time assistance while others provide rent support up to three months or utility payments up to $1,500.

Clients are referred to DOORWAYS through their Ryan White Case Manager. Subsidy coordinators immediately begin assessing needs and collecting documentation to confirm outstanding bills and required payments. Once validated and approved, payments are made directly to the third party, such as a landlord or utility company.

 

THE OUTCOMES

In fiscal year 2018, the Own Home Program provided subsidies to prevent homelessness to 1,343 households affected by HIV/AIDS, with 2,179 total people—1,359 clients, 296 other adults, and 524 children (24%). Within the client population, 69% are male and 78% are African-American.

Housing subsidies provide stability for individuals and their families affected by HIV/AIDS. Without this support, they could end up in dangerous situations physically, as well as emotionally. Their HIV/AIDS treatment would be jeopardized, since it is difficult to maintain needed medication supply when living on the streets, in shelters, or in transient and insecure accommodations. Their health would deteriorate, creating a ripple effect of difficulties. For example, this service can reduce the chances of transmission of HIV/AIDS.  Housing provides stability. Stability is needed for participation in the treatment of HIV/AIDS. A consistent treatment can lead to viral suppression, which allows the person to live a near-normal life span with little risk of transmitting the virus to others.

If you are in need of subsidies, please click here to review the eligibility guidelines for housing assistance.

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Direct service costs to pay for subsidy assistance in 2018 exceeded $2 million. If you wish to help, please click here to review our list of current needs.