Chautauqua Opportuni-ties, Inc. (COI) recently received a $130,000 grant to help Chautauqua County residents living with HIV/AIDS find permanent housing. The funding more than doubles the availability of COI services for those living with HIV/AIDS.
The grant was sub-contracted to COI from the AIDS Institute of New York and funded by New York State's Medicaid Redesign Team in an effort to save money on Medicaid costs. It was funded by the Medicaid Redesign Team because persons living with HIV/AIDS who live in permanent supportive housing are more likely to manage their health care effectively and therefore reduce overall medical expenses. According to Josiah Lamp, COI's Deputy Director of Housing and Community Development, "Safe and affordable housing for vulnerable persons living with HIV/AIDS is the first step. Our ultimate goal is to see folks achieve self-sufficiency. This means managing their health care needs, improving skills, and building assets."
Without a stable place to live, those living with HIV/AIDS aren't able to maintain their treatment regimens, which results in more emergency room visits and further declining health. With a stable residence and a medical home, individuals can manage their health and live a more productive, quality life. COI will also be offering wrap around services that assist customers in gaining employment and managing their finances.
Anyone interested in finding out more information on the service is asked to call 366-8176 in Dunkirk and 661-9430 in Jamestown, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. When calling for an appointment, it is not necessary to identify any medical issues, simply ask to speak with a Navigator. The Navigator will collect all eligibility information; medical information is maintained with the strictest of confidentiality. Information is also available at www.chautauquaopportunities.com.