More housing for people with HIV/AIDS on the way

Thanks to a $4 million grant, more than 270 people living with HIV/AIDS will have a place to call home.

The funds to Jerusalem House will come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through Atlanta’s Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program.

“Housing is integral to caring for people affected by HIV/AIDS,” Executive Director Charlie Frew said in a statement. “It reduces emergency room and inpatient services, helps with drug adherence and even helps prevent new infections. We are excited to be able to welcome so many new residents.”

Jerusalem House will now be able to provide more houses to homeless and low-income people living with HIV/AIDS, and their immediate families. One-third of the new residents are expected to be dependent children living in families affected by HIV/AIDS.

Atlanta has one of the highest rates of new HIV diagnoses.