Analysis of Integrated HIV Housing and Care Services. 1. River Region Human Services: Forging Useful Systems to Empower Project

02/01/2014

Established in 1979 as a nonprofit behavioral health organization with mental health counseling, RRHS’s mission is to “improve the quality of life for individuals and families in northeast Florida affected by substance abuse, mental illness, homelessness, HIV/AIDS, and other communicable diseases through outreach, prevention, treatment, and housing services.” The agency’s HIV services include outreach and linkage, HIV testing and referral, case management, and housing assistance. Notably, RRHS was part of a core group that created a national model for peer-based HIV outreach services, and is the northeast Florida trainer of peer specialists. RRHS received $1,353,743 to implement the FUSE project, which is designed to provide tenant-based rental assistance and coordinated linkages to support services for households headed by homeless PLWHA (primarily African American women and their children) in the Jacksonville, Florida, area. The project promotes stable housing, health outcomes, and client achievements toward self-sufficiency.

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