A Place Called Home

Posted on by Joy Mosenfelder

Victory Programs’ supportive housing services provide vulnerable populations with a safe, affordable home base from which to build stable, sustainable, and relatively independent lives. “We help people who are chronically homeless and people who may be facing barriers to housing like a history of incarceration, chronic illnesses like HIV/AIDS, substance addiction, or mental health concerns,” shares Tashonna Simmons, Director of Supportive Services.

Victory supportive housing programs include Cedar Family Home, a permanent supportive housing program for families whose head-of-household is living with HIV/AIDS; Ruah House, a permanent supportive housing and stabilization program for women living with HIV/AIDS; Serenity Supportive Housing for individuals living with HIV/AIDS; Victory Housing on Warren Street, a low-threshold, permanent housing program for chronically homeless individuals; and Bobby White Housing Services, which provides mobile, medical case management services for individuals living with HIV/AIDS.

“Our medical case management services work with individuals to provide the educational tools and ongoing support they need to help regain health, maintain housing and enhance quality of life. Our goal is to provide clients with individualized plans to identify strengths,” explains Simmons. Medical case managers work with clients on medication adherence, preventative care and social needs. Supportive housing residents who do not qualify for medical case management services receive services through a supportive case management program. They receive assistance with recovery services, risk reduction, or other non-medical challenges.

Nathaniel, a resident of Serenity Supportive Housing, likes living at the program. “It’s quiet, it’s not like being in a program,” he says. Nathanial has been at Serenity for more than four years. “When I first came here I was pretty self-sufficient but I didn’t have the network,” shares Nathaniel. “If I ever need something I can just ask. There is a difference between being supported and enabled, I learned that from my mom.”

For many residents, living in supportive housing gives them a chance to live independently. Each individual or family gets their own apartment. “Living in my own apartment gives me my independence back and makes me feel capable of handling the day to day affairs of life,” shares Alan, a resident of Victory Housing on Warren Street. “I am surrounded by people who care about me.”

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