Successful AIDS Housing Organization Serves as National Resource

Technical assistance project for communities developing AIDS housing

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) national AIDS Prevention and Service Project funded nine sites from 1986 to 1990 to create specialized comprehensive health and supportive services for people with AIDS and AIDS-related disorders.

One of the sites, Seattle, established AIDS Housing of Washington (AHW) as a result of a community-wide planning process that looked at gaps in the continuum of AIDS services.

AHW developed the Bailey-Boushay House, a 35-bed skilled nursing home and day health program for 200 people living with HIV/AIDS, which opened in 1992.

Key Results

  • Under the two grants, AHW accomplished the following:

    • Produced a manual on developing specialized housing for people with AIDS, Breaking New Ground: Developing Innovative AIDS Care Residences.
    • Began a national database of AIDS housing projects.
    • Responded to more than 250 inquiries for technical assistance.
    • Convened the First National HIV/AIDS Housing Conference, September 30 to October 3, 1993, near Chicago, which was attended by 400 participants.
  • The grants also launched AHW toward self-sufficiency as a nonprofit technical-assistance provider.

    • AHW developed technical assistance capabilities in four areas that allow it to respond to individual requests from communities across the nation:
      • Community-based needs assessment and multi-year AIDS housing plans.
      • Project-specific consultations in AIDS housing development and operations.
      • Publishing and information services.
      • Provider education, conferences, and workshops.
    • By the end of the second grant, committed grants and contracts for their technical assistance project totaled $1.276 million, including a Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant of $790,000.
    • AHW has since won renewal of its HUD contract and continues to provide technical assistance to states and cities nationally. It has also published new manuals on financing AIDS housing, rural AIDS housing and public housing for people with AIDS.