Roosevelt Gardens and Highland Terrace are transitional housing programs for people living with HIV and AIDS. Experienced social workers help residents apply for permanent housing and achieve their personal goals.
NO ONE IS TURNED AWAY FOR INABILITY TO PAY
Roosevelt Gardens opened in 1995 as a special care facility with 24-hour caregiver support. As new medications began to successfully suppress HIV and residents’ health began to improve, the need for health care support decreased. Roosevelt Gardens became a transitional housing program. Project Transitions opened Highland Terrace in 1998. We introduced the Community Housing program in 2003 to respond to an increase in need for transitional housing.
What services are provided?
Licensed social workers personalize transition plans for each resident to help them attain the skills and resources needed to live independently. Staff also provide relapse prevention, counseling, as well as educational and vocational guidance.
How do you get admitted?
Contact the Project Transitions office at 454-8646 and ask for an intake appointment with one of our coordinators. A staff member will set up an appointment with you to determine if we can assist you at one of our transitional housing programs.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS TRANSITIONAL HOUSING?
Project Transitions provides short-term (financial and case management) support for low-income HIV+ persons living in low-income housing who are at-risk of homelessness due to unforeseen circumstances. The housing is service-enriched with individual programming to help residents meet their personal and vocational goals.
IS THERE ANY MEDICAL CARE AVAILABLE? WHAT HAPPENS IF A RESIDENT GETS ILL?
No medical care is provided at our housing programs. However, residents can bring in medical support if needed to live safely. This may mean home health aides, medical alert systems, family, care teams, or nurses. If they cannot live safely within the apartment, they will be transferred to a location where they can receive appropriate care.
HOW BIG IS THE FACILITY?
The program has one- and two-bedroom apartments with an interior courtyard and a large community center.
WHO IS ON THE STAFF?
The program is run by two full-time social workers as well as two maintenance staff.
WHAT IS THE COST?
Costs are set by the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) guidelines, which is normally 30% of the resident’s income. There is a small deduction from the program fee to help pay for utilities.
HOW LONG CAN I LIVE AT ROOSEVELT GARDENS?
The general length of stay is from six months to two years.
CAN I LIVE AT ROOSEVELT GARDENS MORE THAN ONCE?
Yes. If you transition out and need to return for more support, you can return to the waiting list. No one is automatically accepted back into the program.
WILL I LIVE ALONE OR WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS?
You may apply to the program alone or with family or friends. All applicants must qualify for the program and agree to follow the rules and regulations.
CAN FAMILY AND FRIENDS VISIT?
Yes. Family and friends are asked to follow the same rules as the residents. No overnight visitors are allowed longer than two days without approval.
ARE THERE COMMUNITY EVENTS?
Yes. There are community gatherings around major religious and ethnic holidays as well as: bingo nights, movie nights, ice cream socials and other events based on resident interests. There are also skills trainings, such as computer classes and resume-writing workshops. Volunteers prepare weekly lunches and dinners in the community center so residents can come together to socialize.
CAN I COOK IN MY APARTMENT?
Yes. Each apartment has typical kitchen appliances.
ARE THE APARTMENTS FURNISHED?
No. Occasionally though, the programs will have furniture to loan or donate to residents and will do so if possible. If furnishings are not available, the resident is responsible for supplying his or her own. The staff will assist by providing information about resources.
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR APARTMENT UTILITIES?
Residents are responsible for paying for their utilities.
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR APARTMENT MAINTENANCE?
The on-site maintenance staff maintain the complex.
DO I NEED RENTER’S INSURANCE?
Yes, if you wish to be insured.
WHAT SECURITY IS PROVIDED?
No security is provided. Each resident is responsible for making sure the complex is a safe place to live.
IS THERE ADDITIONAL STORAGE SPACE?
No. Residents’ belongings need to fit inside the apartment they rent.
IS THERE A WAITING LIST?
Yes. Your application, when approved, will be placed on the list. When an opening occurs, all applications will be reviewed for placement.