Housing Assistance: HOPWA

It is estimated that as many as half of all people living with HIV/AIDS may need housing assistance at some point in their lives.If you are living with HIV/AIDS and need to find or maintain stable, affordable housing, you may be eligible for rent assistance through our federally-funded Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program.

Through HOPWA, Family Service can pay a portion of your monthly rent costs and help you find a housing situation that best fits you and your family’s needs. If you are living with HIV/AIDS, stable housing can significantly increase your access to health care and improve your ability to adhere to treatments and therapies.

Research shows that HIV-positive people who have stable housing require fewer hospitalizations, less emergency room care, and have better health outcomes. If you believe you need housing assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us: Project ONE at 610-466-0603 (confidential phone line)

Prevention and Education Resources

Visit the links below for more information about HIV/AIDS, local testing sites, and ways to prevent HIV/AIDS:What is HIV?

What is AIDS? What is HIV? What is AIDS?

Fact Sheets and Information Guides Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: a database of fact sheets about all aspects of HIV/AIDS from transmission to treatment and prevention.

The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource: a full website dedicated to information about HIV, testing, treatment and medications.The Well Project: a website for women dedicated to answering questions about HIV/AIDS and living with HIV/AIDS.

Testing in Chester County Chester County Health Department: a list of days and times each week when free, anonymous HIV testing is available at the Government Services Center at 601 Westtown Road, West Chester, PA.HIV/AIDS Ministries

H.U.B. of Hope Ministries: a community ministry of the Church of the Open Door in Kennett Square, PA working to:inform, equip and mobilize diverse faith communities to respond with compassion and justice to people living with HIV/AIDSprovide faith-based support to HIV-positive people and their families.

Volunteer for Project ONE

Would you like to help Project ONE and the people we serve? As a volunteer for Project ONE, you can provide direct support to people living with HIV/AIDS in Chester County.

Volunteer at our Project ONE office in Coatesville. Greet clients, provide light administrative support, and learn first-hand about HIV/AIDS case management.

Transport clients to and from medical appointments. Meet clients at their homes or other pick-up locations and bring them to regularly scheduled or special appointments. You can provide one-way transportation or two-way. Providing transportation is a great opportunity to meet people living with HIV/AIDS in your community and to learn their stories while ensuring that they are able to access medical care consistently and on time.

For more information about becoming a Project ONE volunteer, contact Project ONE program director Keith Burress at 610-696-4900 ext. 129 or kburress@familyservice.us

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