Residential Housing Program
At a glance:
|P.I.||Steven Shoptaw, Ph.D.|
|Population Served||Living with HIV, Homelessness, Substance Abuse|
Safe House, a subsidiary of Friends Research Institute (FRI), Inc., is an apartment building located in North Hollywood, California established to provide a comfortable refuge for those who are living with HIV/AIDS and have nowhere else to go. It was founded by FRI in 1997. Safe House is an apartment building located in North Hollywood, California established to provide a comfortable refuge for those who are living with HIV/AIDS and have nowhere else to go. There are 16 units in the complex designed to provide either permanent (unlimited stays), transitional (6-12 months), or emergency housing (up to 30 days). There are 13 permanent stay units (1 bed in each), 2 transitional units (1 unit has 4 beds and another unit has 2 beds), and one emergency unit with 4 beds.
The mission of Safe House is to provide low cost, safe and decent housing to a community of persons who are frequently homeless: those living with HIV/AIDS who also have a mental illness and/or chemical dependency. Using a philosophy of high tolerance, Safe House seeks to keep this vulnerable community housed by reducing the barriers to care and increasing access to essential services when medical, psychiatric or substance use problems are active.
Services offered at Safe House include:
1. Housing Program—include permanent (unlimited stay), transitional (6-12 months), and emergency housing (up to 30 days)
2. Prevention Services—a privately funded program which provide harm reduction items such as condoms and sterile syringes to residents
3. Support Services—include housing assistance and mental health and drug treatment referrals
4. Self-sufficiency skills training—include workshops on basic instruction in hygiene, apartment maintenance, and budgeting in order to enhance residents’ self-sufficiency.
Resident requirements include being at risk for homelessness, HIV positive or AIDS symptomatic, and having a history of serious mental illness or chemical dependency.
Safe House was originally funded by a grant from the Los Angeles Housing Department Housing Opportunities for People With AIDS program (HOPWA). Current funding includes HOPWA, the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, the Emergency Housing Program, and the Kenneth T. & Eileen L. Norris Foundation.