ST. LOUIS - In December, Doorways was awarded $20,000 by The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation based in Beverly Hills. This is the first grant from the foundation in the Saint Louis region, making Doorways the only local organization to receive recognition from this world-renowned foundation. 


Support for the request came from Doorways’ partners in the prevention of the spread of HIV: Food Outreach, St. Louis Efforts for AIDS, St. Clair Department of Health, and the City of Saint Louis Department of Health. The funds will be used for Doorways’ Own Home Program which is the primary provider of housing services to people living with HIV infection throughout the St. Louis Metropolitan region. Own Home helps clients locate and secure safe, affordable housing, and assists clients who face eviction from their homes or loss of utility services because of financial crises related to their illness.


The program helped more than 1,500 men, women, and children in 2013 secure a place to call home through rent, mortgage, utility, and move-in subsidies.  Everyone helped was homeless, or would otherwise have become homeless. The Own Home program serves clients throughout a broad geographic range that includes seven counties in Missouri and eight counties in Illinois. Own Home staff provide housing counseling, referral to community resources and a clearinghouse list of landlords with safe and affordable units available to people living with HIV/AIDS. Through the clearinghouse, Doorways’ Own Home program inspects units to determine cleanliness and safety, assesses compliance with housing quality standards, maintains a list of approved units for clients in need, and advocates for clients with landlords and utility companies.  Landlords wanting to work with Doorways should send contact information to info @ doorwayshousing.com.


Mortgage assistance and long or short-term rental subsidy help low-income families maintain stability and independence. In a study by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, researchers found that a person who relies on Supplemental Security Income (a maximum of $721 per month for 2014) cannot afford even a studio apartment in any county of the United States. Further, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 91% of SSI recipients have incomes of under $1,000 per month nationally which is considered “very low” income. Own Home clients are able to remain in stable housing utilizing their resources.


Joel Goldman, Managing Director for the foundation, said, “Ms. Taylor cared deeply for others and she would be thrilled to know that Doorways is continuing her efforts to assist those living with the virus with direct services that provide the support needed to live full and happy lives.”   





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