With advances in treatment, independence has become a viable goal for many living with HIV/AIDS. We continue to evolve and adjust with the changes in the needs of the population living with HIV/AIDS.
In 2004 we collaborated with the Corporation for Independent Living on the 5 scattered site unit PILOTS supported housing project in Greater New Haven. Leeway’s role was to provide case management services to the tenants. This project offered Leeway the opportunity to gain critical training and experience before expanding supportive housing initiatives. That partnership grew into a collaboration with Leeway and continues today.
In partnership with Neighborworks/New Horizons, Leeway added another 9 scattered site units at Canterbury Gardens. As in the PILOTS program, Leeway provides case management services to the 9 tenants, as well as ancillary services to the 25 remaining units at Canterbury Gardens. The success of Leeway’s supportive housing programs is exemplified at Canterbury Gardens; since moving in, 50% of the 9 tenants under Leeway’s case management have returned to school or entered the workforce.
The Leeway-Putnam supportive housing site is the first developed and owned by the Leeway-Putnam/Leeway-Welton Realty Corp. This 17-unit site is designed and built with cutting edge green technology/construction and opened its doors in September 2010. Leeway provides case management services to all tenants at Leeway-Putnam and is developing program enhancements as they get to know the community and their needs.
We’re still growing! The Leeway-Putnam/Leeway-Welton Realty Corp. has purchased the lovely home next door to Leeway’s 40 Albert Street skilled nursing facility. Plans are underway to convert the home into 10 supportive housing units; creating a full campus and myriad opportunities for program development at the Albert Street site.
Leeway’s alumni/tenant program encourages economic self-reliance, provides support services and access to existing community resources for food, clothing, health services, and other quality of life programs or services, and assists our clients in effectively managing their permanent housing.
Support services at Leeway are designed to provide permanent, safe, affordable housing to persons with disabilities, including HIV/AIDS, who are struggling with homelessness or at risk of homelessness. Immediate goals are to:
- Maintain housing stability;
- Increase participation in vocational training and volunteerism;
- Help tenants maintain health and encourage independent living;
- Encourage recovery, enhanced quality of life, and sense of self-determination;
- Build community connectedness and personal empowerment;
- Increase participation rates in treatment services for substance use and mental health;
- Encourage participation in the Leeway Alumni Society for advocacy, education, community building and peer support networks.
Programs include: a monthly series with experts in the HIV/AIDS industry that can answer concerns that our tenants often encounter; an education series to teach life skills, financial literacy, and enhance vocational skills; an alumni/tenant office with computer access and resource library, information about available nutrition programs in the community; and an emergency utility and nutrition support component for tenants that may be leaning toward instability again.
Tenants at Leeway Supportive Housing sites are invited to participate in the activities of the Alumni Society.
Leeway has developed and implemented a wraparound case management model that includes resource-intensive service plans. The array of programs and services offered through Leeway’s case management is comprehensive and accessible either directly from the Leeway staff or through referral to community agencies. Community programs contribute to socialization and integration. The basic services include:
- Assessments/Service Planning: The intent of the service plan is to provide a flexibly structured support program for each tenant that will focus on stability in housing, life skills development, income (through employment, education, and/or entitlements), and independence.
- Tenant Empowerment: Leeway staff encourages tenants to attend and participate in community meetings to find their own voice and enhance their advocacy skills.
- Money Management: In addition to the group seminars offered on money management and credit counseling, Leeway tenants are encouraged to create personal budgets.
- Food and Clothing: Staff assists tenants in making applications for Food Stamps and in-kind assistance programs, such as food banks.
- Primary and Emergency Health Care: Leeway staff assists all tenants with planning and scheduling of basic health care. Ryan White funded organizations also provide individuals with medical case managers.
- Pharmacy and Specialty Health Services: Service staff work closely with tenants to coordinate a full array of pharmacy and specialty health services for Leeway tenants.
- Mental Health/Substance Abuse Treatment: Leeway case managers provide referrals to agencies for addiction and mental health counseling and programs. Service staff work with and support tenant groups who choose to establish their own, in-house support meetings.
- The Greater New Haven HIV Consumer Council
- The Body: An AIDS and HIV Information Resource
- AIDS.ORG – Quality AIDS/HIV Treatment Information & Resources
- AIDS Treatment Data Network
- Alive and Well: Alternative AIDS Information Network
- Connecticut AIDS Coalition
Coming soon! The Leeway Supportive Housing Events Calendar. Check for updates!