A HELPING HAND: Union Mission’s HOPWA Permanent Facility-Based Housing Programs
Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) is a federally funded HUD program that offers a variety of housing solutions and support services for low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS. Alongside HOPWA, the Emergency Solution Grants (ESG) Program provides services from street outreach to rapid re-housing to those experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless. Continuing to leverage HOPWA with other local services to address housing insecurity and the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Georgia, the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) is proud to share success stories of individuals who were given a helping hand.
The identity of each person profiled will be restricted out of respect for their privacy.
Union Mission is an organization dedicated to helping the homeless and others in need. According to the Union Mission website, the Phoenix Project had opened its doors in April 1990 and provided a 10-bed facility known as the Phoenix Place for individuals struggling with HIV/AIDS.
During COVID-19, cleaning and sanitizing are especially vital for people with compromised immune systems. Because the pandemic had caused the prices of such items to increase, many of these clients living on fixed incomes often could not purchase them.
With DCA’s HOPWA CARES Funding, Union Mission’s Phoenix Project was able to provide laundry, house cleaning, and sanitizing supplies for 10 clients living with HIV/AIDS to help keep their homes clean during the pandemic.
Residents of Daniel Flagg Villas had the opportunity to pick up their laundry baskets and were able to fill them with various supplies such as Pine-Sol, laundry detergent, dryer sheets, glass cleaner, dish soap, toilet cleaner, shower cleaner, bleach, microfiber cleaning towers, tissues, cleaning gloves, a dust mop, and a collapsible dish bin.
The clients were grateful to receive help in keeping their living spaces clean and safe.