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Aloysius Home Housing Services is the housing division of Friends For Life Corporation.

Aloysius Home, Inc.

Aloysius HomeAloysius Home, Inc. was founded in 1992 as a separate nonprofit agency whose mission was to provide housing to homeless persons living with HIV/AIDS. When Aloysius Home first opened, many people thought of it as a place where people with AIDS went to die. It became a place where people with AIDS go to live. In 1999, Aloysius Home, Inc. merged with Friends For Life AIDS Resource Center to form Friends For Life Corporation. You can read more about the history of Aloysius Home, Inc. in the document; Friends For Life 20 Year History.

Friends For Life now provides housing and housing related services through several different types of programs. These are described below.

Aloysius New Beginnings Supportive Housing

Aloysius New Beginnings is the newest of Friends For Life’s housing programs.
The $1.2 million facility is being constructed on the empty lot adjacent to the former Aloysius Home building. The 10-unit single room occupancy facility will provide permanent supportive housing to 10 chronically homeless adults living with HIV/AIDS and co-occurring disorders.

The $1.2 million construction costs have been raised through grants submitted to federal, state and local funding entities. These are listed below:

City of Memphis - $200,000
Plough Foundation - $185,000
Tennessee Housing Development Agency - $310,000
Cincinnati Federal Home Loan Bank - $497,700
HUD - $22,500

The photos on the right show the progress of the project.

 

Aloysius Commons Shelter Plus Care

A 16-unit apartment building in Midtown Memphis offers permanent supportive housing for persons living with HIV/AIDS and other special needs who are homeless and capable of independent living. The rent-subsidized apartments are provided along with intensive case management and all other necessary supportive services.

Plough FoundationThe Shelter Plus Care housing program is funded by Housing and Urban Development. A generous grant in 2002 from the Plough Foundation provided $225,000 to conduct major renovations to the Shelter Plus Care apartment building.

Tenant Based Rental Assistance

Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) makes housing, located on scattered sites in different neighborhoods, available to individuals and families for up to one year through a subsidized housing voucher. Approximately 56 units of TBRA housing are made available to individuals and families with children living in Shelby, Fayette and Tipton counties in Tennessee; Crittenden county in Arkansas and Desoto, Marshall, Tate and Tunica counties in Mississippi.

Case managers and clients identify units in different areas of the city that fit the special needs of persons with HIV/AIDS, including apartments specially designed for wheelchair accessibility. The TBRA program allows a family or individual to choose the area in which they would like to live. Participants pay no more than 30 percent of the household income for rent.

Families and individuals work with a case manager to develop a housing plan in order to identify barriers that have kept them from successfully maintaining permanent housing. Case managers provide intensive supportive services to the tenants in order to improve living skills and increase the income level of families and individuals. Families and individuals are also assisted with accessing all mainstream resources for which they may be eligible.

TBRA Now Accepting Applications

Friends For Life is now accepting applications from persons interested in applying for its Housing Opportunities For Persons Living with AIDS (HOPWA) Tenant Based Rental Assistance Housing Voucher program (TBRA). This program is a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program that assists low income individuals and families to rent housing in the private market. Eligible and qualified applicants receive a voucher to choose housing that meets the requirements of the program. Generally, renters pay between 30%-40% of household income for their rent.

If you would like to apply for this program, you may come to Friends For Life at 43 North Cleveland and pick up an application during the period of August 1, 2011 to August 31,, 2011. Hours of operation are Mon-Thurs. 8:30 am to 5 pm and Friday 8:30 to 4 pm.

Short Term Rent Mortgage and Utility Assistance Program (STRMU)

The Short Term Rent Mortgage and Utility Assistance (STRMU) program prevents homelessness by providing eligible individuals assistance for rent, mortgage and/or utilities for up to 21 weeks during a calendar year. Persons living with HIV/AIDS who live in DeSoto, Tate, Tunica and Marshall counties in Mississippi and Crittenden county in Arkansas are elibible for this service.

 

Find Out More

National AIDS Housing Coalition
www.nationalaidshousing.org

Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA)
www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/aidshousing/programs/

AIDS Housing of Washington
www.buildingchanges.org

National Homelessness
www.nationalhomeless.org/publications/facts/HIV.pdf

Southern States Manifesto
http://www.nmac.org/index/southern-states-manifesto

What is the HUD Supportive Housing Program?
http://www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/homeless/programs/shp/