Housing Programs for Persons Living with HIV/AIDS

Purpose: Studies show that stable housing is a critical component in a comprehensive HIV prevention and treatment system. In order to promote wellness and stability for low-income Delawareans living with HIV disease, the Delaware HIV Consortium has overseen and operated housing programs since 1998. All persons receiving housing services from the Consortium are also receiving HIV/AIDS medical case management with access to medical care and treatment and other needed supportive services. The Consortium’s two housing programs demonstrate that decent, safe, affordable housing is a stabilizing factor for persons living with HIV/AIDS that reduces risks of homelessness and increases participation in HIV medical treatment and supportive care.

Programs Operated or Overseen by the Delaware HIV Consortium

  1. Rental Voucher Program: The Delaware HIV Consortium operates a statewide rental voucher program that provides rental assistance for low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families in Delaware. This program is funded by federal grants from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program and the Ryan White CARE Act. In order to qualify for the Rental Voucher Program, persons must be in need of rental housing and be:  HIV positive or AIDS defined; low-income in accordance with HUD income standards; and connected to HIV/AIDS medical case management. Approximately 150 households receive rental assistance annually. All housing program participants have access to medical care and support services including HIV medications and treatment, case management, transportation, food programs, and wellness counseling. Housing referral applications are available from local HIV/AIDS case management agencies throughout Delaware.
  2. Supportive Housing Program: The Delaware HIV Consortium oversees the federal Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) contract for WomanSpace, a supportive housing program for homeless women living with HIV/AIDS who are dealing with mental health and substance abuse issues. WomanSpace is a ten-apartment building located in West Center City Wilmington within walking distance of medical care and other services, including HIV medical care at the Christiana Care Wellness Clinic, behavioral health services, and HIV/AIDS case management. Two apartments in the facility can accommodate single mothers with young children. The remaining eight apartments are for single women. Connections Community Support Programs owns the building and provides onsite programming including 24-hour staffing, case management, and access to appropriate medical care and behavioral health services. Applications for WomanSpace housing are available through Connections Community Support Programs.

Access to this program is coordinated through the Delaware Homeless Prevention and Response System’s Centralized Intake process. Call the Delaware Helpline at 2-1-1 or toll-free at (800) 560-3372. 


Other HIV/AIDS Housing
 Programs
Besides the Consortium’s housing programs, there are three additional residential programs that provide stable, affordable housing for persons living with HIV/AIDS, some with onsite support services. All are located in Wilmington and are operated by local nonprofit organizations.

  1. Enterprise Permanent Supportive Housing
    This is a residential program with onsite support services for 12 homeless adults (single men and women) living with HIV/AIDS who are dealing with substance abuse and behavioral health issues. The apartment building is managed by Connections Community Support Programs and is located in West Center City Wilmington.

Access to this program is coordinated through the Delaware Homeless Prevention and Response System’s Centralized Intake process. Call the Delaware Helpline at 2-1-1 or toll-free at (800) 560-3372.

  1. House of Joseph II
    This is a communal residence that is designed to meet the housing and wellness needs of homeless adults (single men and women) living with HIV/AIDS who need long-term housing with onsite case management and services. It is a 16-bed facility owned and operated by the Ministry of Caring that is located in Wilmington’s Brandywine Village. All residents have access to appropriate medical care and support services to promote overall wellness and stability, with many services provided onsite.

Access to this program is coordinated through the Delaware Homeless Prevention and Response System’s Centralized Intake process. Call the Delaware Helpline at 2-1-1 or toll-free at (800) 560-3372.

Program Information

 

  1. Mother Teresa House
    This is independent housing for six low-income adults (single men and women) living with HIV/AIDS. Each resident has a separate furnished bedroom and private bath. Common areas include kitchen, living room, dining room, and laundry. There is an onsite residential manager. The facility is owned and operated by the Ministry of Caring and is located in Wilmington’s East Side neighborhood.

For more information, call 302-428-3652, ext. 26


Other Housing Information

Listed below are additional resources to assist persons in need of suitable housing in Delaware.

Delaware Housing Search

Up-to-date listings of affordable rental housing and for-sale housing. Or call 1-877-428-8844.

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