August 21, 2013
John was an antique dealer, traveler, and art lover who made extra money doing handyman jobs. One day, he got dizzy and fell off a ladder. He went to the hospital, and it was then he learned he was HIV+ in his early 60’s. The virus had already progressed and affected his mind and body. It was hard news to take for someone who had been so active and independent.
Doug’s House staff met him in the hospital, where he could barely put a sentence together or stand. He moved into the house to get used to taking new medications, regain his strength, gain some weight, and deal with some of the psychological issues that were his new reality. Within a month, John was a new man. He gained more than 15 pounds (bacon is a Doug’s House favorite), made friends, got into case management and HIV care, and began going to counseling. He was soon ready to move in with a friend and begin again.
He came to visit a few weeks ago looking strong and healthy with a new perspective on life. He plans to start traveling again, but now says he lives with more compassion for others and more gratitude for each day he’s given.
October 12, 2012
KUT News recently reported $5 million over 5 years in federal funds for the Austin area for Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA). Tyler Pratt’s full report can be heard here on KUT News.
Project Transitions’ portion of that grant funding is about $300,000 per year, which only partially serves more than 100 individuals and families each year. Project Transitions must raise another $200,000 each year to fully serve our residents needs.
As quoted in KUT’s News story, “Our waiting list for housing is, at any given time, more than twice our capacity to serve,” said Josh Allen, Project Transition’s Executive Director. “So as quickly as we can move someone into housing, there are two other folks on the waiting list.”
The money comes at a time when Project Transitions is struggling to fill a $45,000 gap created by reduced funding from the United Way.
“We’re seeing it across the board generally with fundraising efforts,” Allen said, “specifically with grants and foundations. It’s just a much more competitive environment.”
Project Transition’s provides affordable, transitional housing with supportive services for individuals and families living with HIV through three housing programs: Roosevelt Gardens, Highland Terrace and Community Housing. Our goal is to help transition from homelessness, support them to gain the life-skills needed to live independently, and then move into long-term, affordable housing of their own.
October 12, 2012
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