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Program Name

Housing Options for People With AIDS (HOPWA)

Program Director

Marie Alphonse
MarieA@uniquepeopleservices.org

Year Opened

2014

Contracted Census

25

Impact

The HOPWA program comprises of a diligent, hard working staff whose focus is to provide housing, intensive case management, mental health, substance abuse and recreational services to people living with HIV/AIDS and their families who are not eligible for services through HASA. The staff assess our residents for the appropriate referral needs and services, such as: home health aide, home making services, school, job trainings & placement, physical rehabilitation, substance abuse services, mental health counseling, escort services, financial budgeting and medical monitoring. We also provide therapeutic support groups and recreational events to help meet the holistic needs of our residents. The focal point is to provide support and assist our residents improve their daily life functioning by providing a variety of services which allows them to maintain their apartments and to assimilate back into the community.

Recent Work

The placement of over thirty percent of the required number of clients into brand new apartment units within the first quarter of start-up.

Future Goals

To enhance the program through the process of acquiring additional units, job preparedness, computer training, additional funding sources, clothing closet for residents. This is in addition to assisting at least five percent of our residents graduate to independent living.