Project New Hope

A Faith-Based Effort to Provide Housing for Persons with HIV/AIDS

Published in: Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services, v. 9, no. 1, 2010, p. 90-105

by Kathryn Pitkin Derose, Blanca Dominguez, Jack H. Plimpton, David E. Kanouse

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Housing has long been the single greatest area of unmet need for people living with HIV/AIDS, and there are few published descriptions of programs that address this need. This article describes Project New Hope in Los Angeles, California, a faith-based program that may be the nation's first housing program exclusively designed for people with HIV/AIDS. We discuss why housing is important for HIV-positive people; then we describe the project, including how it got started, how it operates, its linkage with the Episcopal Church, and its principal accomplishments and challenges. We conclude with lessons learned that might be applied elsewhere.

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