Housing

As part of our mission, Frannie Peabody Center is committed to meeting the housing and residential needs of people living with HIV/AIDS in Maine. HAVEN, Frannie Peabody Center’s statewide housing assistance program, provides rental subsidies, short-term housing assistance, and residential care to low-income people living with HIV/AIDS. Frannie Peabody Center proudly partners with Shalom House, the City of Portland, and Maine’s Ryan White-funded medical and case-management agencies to ensure access to housing services for people living with HIV/AIDS statewide.

Importance of Housing

Stable, affordable housing is fundamental for people with HIV/AIDS to receive life-saving medical and support services and decrease the likelihood of exposing others to infection.

According to The National AIDS Housing Coalition, there is “strong empirical support for a shift in the HIV risk paradigm, away from a focus on individual behaviors only, to a focus on risky contexts such as homelessness and unstable housing as structural factors that must be addressed in order to effectively prevent and treat HIV.”

A policy statement from the 2006 National AIDS Housing Research Summit stated that improvements in an individual’s housing situation have “been found to be directly related to improved access to health care, higher levels of ART [antiretroviral therapy] adherence, and lowered viral loads. Over time, the provision of direct housing services has been found to predict entry into medical care, entry into care that meets clinical guidelines, and continuity of appropriate medical care and services.”1

Housing Assistance

  • People living with HIV/AIDS may be eligible for short-term financial assistance with rent, mortgage, and utility payments to help maintain stable housing.
  • Rental subsidies are available through the Tenant-based Rental Assistance (TBRA) program.

Eligibility

HAVEN assistance is available for low-income Maine residents living with HIV/AIDS who meet application requirements and income guidelines.

People utilizing U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) assistance, such as, Section 8, Shelter + Care, SHP and SRO Mod Rehab, are not eligible for HAVEN services.

Contact Information

If you are interested in short-term financial assistance for housing expenses, contact your case manager to complete the appropriate paperwork.

If you do not have a HIV case manager, contact us at:
774-6877, ext. 8017

Outside Cumberland and York counties, contact your local AIDS Service Organization (ASO). Locate an ASO in your area.

Frannie Peabody Center does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of age, race, gender, national origin, marital status, religious preference, political affiliation, sexual orientation, mental health status, substance abuse history, HIV status or disability.

1The National AIDS Housing Coalition, Transforming Fact into Strategy – Developing a Public Health Response to the Housing  Needs of Persons Living With and At-Risk of Infection With HIV/AIDS.  Policy Paper from the Second National Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit.  http://www.nationalaidshousing.org/PDF/SummitIIPolicyPaper.pdf