No one with HIV disease should ever be homeless. In fact, having a place to call home is one of the most important reasons why patients succeed with HIV treatment. With safe and affordable housing you can truly focus on your treatment plan, adhering to your medications and improving your health.
ARCW offers comprehensive housing services that are designed to meet the many different housing challenges that HIV patients confront. Our housing program is nationally recognized for helping patients overcome homelessness through unique housing services that lead to stable, long-term housing.
At ARCW we have outstanding housing specialists on our staff who are knowledgeable about housing opportunities and highly experienced in working with HIV patients to resolve difficult housing issues.
If you are having difficulty securing or maintaining housing for yourself or your family, an ARCW housing specialist will work with you to assess your needs. The following services may be provided to help resolve your housing problems.
The cost of housing can be a financial burden that is difficult to overcome. A housing specialist will work with you to assess your financial needs and provide you with assistance to help meet rent, utility and security deposit costs.
Housing case management
A housing specialist will work with you to identify the housing issues you have and create a plan for resolving them. Housing opportunities in the community and at ARCW will be reviewed and the housing specialist will be your advocate for placement with the best housing option for you.
Intensive housing counseling
If you have on going difficulties in securing and keeping housing, or if you have been homeless on several occasions, a housing specialist will provide you with intensive counseling to help you overcome these difficulties. The goal of intensive counseling is to eliminate the personal barriers that cause your housing problems and coordinate the supportive services you need to achieve stable, permanent housing.
Transitional residential housing
Some HIV patients who have housing difficulties need a temporary place to live as they work to resolve their housing issues. The Wisconsin House is an ARCW transitional residence for individuals who have the goal of ultimately achieving permanent independent housing. The Wisconsin House is a 15 bed facility with private and shared rooms, and common areas for meals and recreation. A housing specialist will help you assess whether you need Wisconsin House services.
Family residential housing
ARCW recognizes the unique needs of families in which one or more members are living with HIV disease. Because housing difficulties are very common for these families ARCW built Garden View Apartments to specifically address their needs. It is an independent residence for families that has six apartments. Each apartment has three bedrooms, a kitchen, a dining room and a living room. A housing specialist will help you assess whether you need Garden View Apartments services.
When you receive ARCW housing services you also will have access to the many health and social services that ARCW offers. Medical and dental care, mental health therapy, pharmacy services, legal assistance, food services and case management support are some of the services that are available to you.
Our goal is to help you secure stable housing, quality health care and the supporting services you need to have the greatest opportunity to achieve HIV treatment success.
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"When Ruthie told me I had HIV last year I wasn’t sure what I was going to do,” said Derrick Brister. “I never imagined I would have HIV, but she was right there to help me out.”
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