Housing As Healthcare
Committed to finding family-based solutions to problems associated with the HIV epidemic, in 1993 ARFC began providing housing support to families coping with HIV/AIDS. With a grant from Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA), ARFC began providing rental and utility assistance to its clients in need.
The success of the housing program led to its expansion with the purchase of 40 housing units in Newark, Irvington, and Orange, New Jersey that were renovated by ARFC. St. Clare's Housing Program continues to ensure that people living with HIV have a chance to live in a safe and supportive environment.
St. Clare Homes Property, Inc., an affiliate of AIDS Resource Foundation for Children, announced the completion of its $9.3 million, 46-unit supportive housing initiative in Newark earlier this year. As one of the state’s largest providers of housing services to individuals living with chronic illness, such as HIV, AIDS and other disabilities, St. Clare Homes Property offers housing stability to underserved populations.
For people living with HIV stability in housing is the key to treatment adherence and maintaining strong family support. Over the next 10 years, ARFC’s housing units are attached to $5,000,000 in subsidies and all tenants will receive comprehensive support services for their families. At the end of the project St. Clare’s Home Properties will own and manage 142 units specifically for people living with HIV/AIDS and their families.