AIDS Alabama provides several options in HIV Housing Programs for our consumers. There are options in permanent housing, permanent supportive housing, and emergency housing.
AGAPE House and AGAPE II: While Agape House offers 18 one-bedroom units and AGAPE II offers 2 three-bedroom units, 3 two-bedroom units, and 7 one-bedroom units, both programs are HUD 811-PRAC, offer lease agreements to tenants who must fall into the HUD-defined very low-income limits, and offer the option of supportive services. Tenants must come with a referral from AIDS Alabama staff.
Alabama Rural AIDS Project (ARAP): Located in rural Alabama counties, these single-family homes involve leases with third-parties and Tenant-based Rental Assistance (TBRA) vouchers. Tenants must receive supportive services from either AIDS Alabama or another AIDS service organization and fall into HUD low-income limits.
Family Places: Tenants must have at least one family member with an HIV/AIDS diagnosis, have minor children in the household, fall into HUD low-income limits, receive supportive services, and have a referral from AIDS Alabama. There are five single-family homes in Birmingham, and families have a lease agreement from AIDS Alabama.
Le Project: Apartment living arrangements with a third-party lease agreement. There is a maximum of 11 one-bedroom units, and individual tenants must accept supportive services and have a referral from AIDS Alabama.
Mustard Seed: Tenants have a lease agreement with AIDS Alabama, must fall into HUD low-income limits, and come with a referral from AIDS Alabama staff. There are 3 one-bedroom units available, and supportive services are optional.
JASPER House: This housing option is open only to individuals who have a dual diagnosis of HIV/AIDS and a severe mental illness. It is a group home setting and certified by the Alabama Department of Mental Health. There are 14 one-bedroom units and 24-hour supervision with a licensed nurse practitioner on duty at all times. Tenants enter into a lease agreement with AIDS Alabama, must fall into HUD defined low-income limits, and accept day treatment and case management services.
The Rectory: This emergency shelter program for homeless single adults who also have a substance abuse diagnosis and are HIV positive. There are twelve beds in a shelter-styled living arrangement and individuals must participate on an intensive outpatient treatment program for substance abuse.
Ascension Project: The Ascension Project is a Housing First, rapid re-housing program targeting youth 19–24 with an emphasis on those who self-identify as LGBTQ and meet the HUD homelessness definition. While Ascension Project has time limits on housing, we believe that by offering culturally appropriate supportive services such as counseling, assistance accessing mainstream resources, legal assistance, mentoring, parenting classes, educational services, basic life skills training, and employment assistance, we offer clients tools needed to achieve personal growth and responsibility. Once housing and personal stability is achieved, the participants will have the tools to continue without assistance or move into other HUD funded permanent housing. While individuals will be the focus, the program has allocated beds for households with children. Participants do not have to be HIV positive to qualify.
Our Rapid Re-Housing Program is a Housing First, rapid re-housing program that serves individuals and families coming directly from the streets or emergency shelter. Rapid Re-Housing offers the ability to quickly move clients into stable housing coupled with strong case management to increase income and access to mainstream benefits. AIDS Alabama believes that by offering supportive services such as counseling, assistance in accessing mainstream resources, legal assistance, mentoring, educational services, basic life skills training, and employment assistance, we offer clients tools needed to achieve personal growth and responsibility. Once housing and personal stability is achieved, the participants will have the tools to continue without assistance or transition to other subsidized or non-subsidized permanent housing. Participants do not have to be HIV positive to qualify.