Housing is Healthcare…
According to the Centers for Disease Control, Housing assistance is health care for people living with HIV/AIDS.
For people living with HIV, housing is one of the strongest predictors of their access to treatment, their health outcomes, and how long they will live.
To obtain and benefit from life-saving HIV treatments, people living with HIV must have safe, stable housing.
Lack of stable housing equals lack of treatment success:
People with HIV/AIDS who are homeless or unstably housed:
- Are more likely to enter HIV care late
- Have lower CD4 counts and higher viral loads
- Are less likely to receive and adhere to antiretroviral therapy
- Are more likely to be hospitalized and use emergency rooms
- Experience higher rates of premature death
Housing status has more impact on health outcomes than demographics, drug and alcohol use, mental health status or receipt of social services.
Improved housing is linked to better access to health care and better health outcomes:
People with HIV/AIDS who have stable housing are much more likely to access health services, attend primary care visits, receive ongoing care and receive care that meets clinical practical standards.
Being stably housed is positively associated with:
- Effective antiretroviral therapy (HAART)
- Viral suppression
- Lack of co-infection with hepatitis C or tuberculosis
- Significant reductions in avoidable emergency and acute health care
- Reduced mortality
Housing assistance is HIV prevention:
84% Proportion of unstably housed people with HIV who received a voucher for rental assistance who were stably housed at 18 months.
80% The reduction in mortality among homeless people with AIDS who received supportive housing.
57% The reduction in hospitalizations for people with HIV after they were stably housed.
In order to address this critical need in our community, Carolinas CARE Partnership is the project sponsor for the HUD-funded Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program (HOPWA) program.
The Carolinas CARE Partnership has developed a continuum of care that provides funding to agencies for numerous services and programs designed to meet the housing needs of low-income people and families living with HIV/AIDS.
Housing is Healthcare for people living with HIV/AIDS.
HOPWA-Funded Agencies Include:
- Catawba Care Coalition (877-647-6363) Short-term rent, utility, and mortgage assistance and housing information services
- Crisis Assistance Ministry (704-371-3001) Short-term rent, utility, and mortgage assistance
- Community Link (704-943-9490) Housing information services; security deposits; and short-term rent, utility, and mortgage assistance
- Different Roads Home (704-237-8793) Permanent housing placement (security deposits) and Housing information services.
- Hope Haven (704- 372-8809) Substance abuse after-care residential treatment
- House of Mercy, Inc. (704- 825-1041) Supportive services – residential end of life care.
- McLeod Addictive Disease Center (704- 332-9001) In-patient substance abuse treatment
- Monroe-Union County CDC, Union and Anson County, (704-283-8804 ) Housing information services; permanent housing placement; short-term rent, utility, and mortgage assistance
- Prosperity Unlimited Cabarrus County (704-933-7405) Housing information services; permanent housing placement; short-term rent, utility, and mortgage assistance
- Positive Wellness Alliance (Iredell and Rowan Counties) – Rental vouchers, case management and short-term rent, utility, and mortgage assistance
- The Havens (704-608-1436) Operating Expenses
- Urban Ministry Center (704- 347-0278) – Supportive Services
- Uptown Men’s Shelter (704- 334-3187) – Housing information Services
Downloadable Documents (PDFs):
For more information about HOPWA MSA program contact:
Please visit our Resource Directory page for the specific services under the HOPWA programs.