I’m blessed to work with Living Room – an organization that houses people from across metro Atlanta who are living with HIV/AIDS. This mission matters to me, because it takes care of people who have disadvantages, or who have been rejected by our culture. This mission is effective because:
- Housing gives people dignity
- Without a stable home, a person cannot be healthy.
- Housing is one of the most cost effective ways to ensure people who are HIV+ remain connected to medical care (thus slowing the disease, lowering viral levels, and strengthening the immune system)
- Housing keeps families together, helps individuals get and keep jobs, and improves mental health.
- Almost 87% of Living Room clients remain in stable housing six months after completing a program with us.
- Georgia has an embarrassingly high rate of new HIV infections, and they cluster in communities who are traditionally marginalized. These include:
- LGBT persons with special risk in communities of African-American gay / men who have sex with men (one report indicates that as many as 1 in 2 will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetimes)
- Hispanic gay / msm (the same report concludes that risk is 1 in 4 for Hispanic gay men)
- Transgender women (AMAB/MTF), and people living in poverty.
- Housing discrimination is illegal, but common. HIV Status, gender identity, and race remain all too common barriers to safe, affordable housing. Living Room ensures that regardless of socio-economic factors, every person living with HIV/AIDS finds housing.
I’m also proud to work with the only agency in Georgia who promises to find same-day emergency housing options for any person living with HIV/AIDS who comes to our office.
As with every other NPO in the world, we always need to do more, and could use your support. Check us out today!