HIV Supportive Housing Options

Supportive Housing

Supportive housing programs provide affordable housing with integrated services. Depending on the program, housing options may be either temporary or permanent, but case management services will always be included. There are several supportive housing programs that are funded to provided specialized services to individuals who have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. HUD administers federal funding for HIV/AIDS housing through the Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) program.

The Technical Assistance Program (TAP) of Victory Programs maintains a list of HIV/AIDS supportive housing programs in Massachusetts. This resource was last updated in 2011 and is available here.

AIDS Action Committee Programs

Our 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.

For a list of programs and contacts with specific eligibility requirements, see the Residential Cover Sheet.

For access to the program application, see Program Application.

To apply to participating programs through the Cambridge Coordinated Access Network (C-CAN), individuals must first complete an intake/assessment on site. For more information about walk-in and mobile assessments, visit their website (here).

Please note that applicants must have tested positive for HIV and provide homelessness verification to be eligible.

Other Boston Area Programs

Commonwealth Land Trust reserves 15% of their supportive housing for people living with HIV/AIDS. For more information about their properties and access to their application, visit their website (here).

JRI’s Assisted Living Program provides case management and access to 435 of the state’s affordable housing vouchers that are reserved for people living with HIV/AIDS. To be eligible for this program, applicants must be current homeless or at risk of homelessness. Additionally, JRI manages two subsidized supportive housing programs – Huntington at Symphony in Boston and River Street Community in Mattapan. These programs share an application, so it is convenient to apply to multiple programs.

Victory Programs operates several supportive housing programs in the Boston area. For a list of programs and program contacts, see Victory Programs.

In addition to programs funded though HOPWA, individuals living with HIV/AIDS may also access supportive and other affordable housing services through programs that serve individuals with disabilities, including programs funded under HUD Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities.