Housing

Stable housing is demonstrated to improve the health outcomes of people living with HIV.

At AIDS Action Committee, we believe that everyone deserves a place to call home. Many of our clients experience barriers to accessing and retaining affordable housing. We’re here to assist with every step of the process!

AAC’s Housing programs help connect people living with HIV/AIDS to a range of housing services and options, including transitional and permanent affordable housing, supportive congregate and scattered site housing, and rental and utility assistance.

Advocates and housing specialists work with clients to help them obtain stable, affordable housing that best meets their needs and goals.

For more information about our Housing programs, call our main number at 617.450.1550 or email information@fenwayhealth.org.

Rental and Utility Assistance

The Rental Assistance Programs (RAP) deliver short-term emergency assistance to the households of HIV-positive people who face eviction or unaffordable housing, need assistance with move in costs (security deposit, first or last month’s rent), and high utility bills or shutoff. While RAP programs assist individuals in emergency situations, they are designed to create long-term, sustainable and improved living situations. RAP is comprised of the Homelessness Prevention Program (HPP), the Rental Start-Up Program (RSP), and the Utility Assistance Program (UAP). HPP, RSP, and UAP are available to low-income applicants who either are HIV positive or live in a household with an HIV positive member; live in Massachusetts; and complete applications with a case manager at a collaborating agency.

Housing Search Services

The Housing Search program assists clients with obtaining safe, affordable housing. Advocates assist clients with applying to a wide variety of affordable housing options, accompany clients to housing appointments, and assist with denials and appeals. The Housing Search team compiles the most up to date information about open waitlists, affordable housing lottery deadlines, and all other affordable housing opportunities: https://aac.org/housing-search-advocacy-blog/.

Residential/Supportive Housing

The Residential Programs offer an array of permanent supportive housing programs, providing subsidies and supportive services to families and individuals living with HIV who are exiting homelessness. Our programs include project-based rental assistance and tenant-based rental assistance. All households are offered intensive case management services and housing stabilization support. Clients are referred through different sources, depending on the program, including the Coordinated Access systems in Cambridge and Boston, and by applying directly to AAC.