Jerusalem House expands HIV housing

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imageJerusalem House, an Atlanta non-profit that provides permanent housing for people with and affected by HIV, welcomed 40 new residents into its newest housing program, the organization announced Monday.

The new residents are part of the first of a three-phase rollout of Jerusalem House’s Scattered Site II program, a partnership with the City of Atlanta through a federal housing program for people with HIV that will eventually add 71 new units by the end of 2009.

With the program, Jerusalem House holds leases to individual apartments around metro Atlanta and makes the units available to people with HIV/AIDS. Scattered Site II is the agency’s fourth housing program.

“As Jerusalem House celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, we are proud to be a regional and national leader with regard to addressing the needs of this population,” Charlie Frew (photo), the agency’s executive director, says in a press release. “The launch of our new program is particularly timely given current economic conditions and recent rankings that place Georgia and Atlanta in the top states and cities in new AIDS cases. We will continue to seek ways to help the growing number of those impacted.”

Scattered Site II is designed for people with HIV who live below 300 percent of the poverty level, which is less than $32,500 for a single person or $66,000 for a family of four. In addition to housing, the program also provides access to health services. Jerusalem House serves 110 people each day, a number that is expected to reach more than 250 when Scattered Site II is fully in place.

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