Hospice & Recuperative Care

Doug’s House is a five-bedroom residential hospice for people in the final stages of AIDS-related illnesses. Short-term recuperative care is also provided on a space available basis.


We operate two transitional housing programs for people living with HIV and AIDS. Project Transitions' Community Housing program provides short-term support for low-income HIV+ persons living in low-income housing who may be at risk of homelessness. Experienced social workers help residents apply for permanent housing and achieve their personal goals of independent lives.

Support Services

Hospice, recuperative care and housing is an integral part of what we offer, but there’s so much more. The journey for residents to independent living and recovery is made possible by an exhaustive list of wrap-around social services that Project Transitions makes available to everyone in our programs:

Hospice/Recuperative Care Services include:

  • Full-time social worker on premises
  • Counseling case management
  • End of life planning; wills, DNRs, funeral
  • Full-time nurse at Doug’s House
  • Private room
  • Cable/ Internet/ WiFi
  • Oversight of medical care
  • Daily check-ins
  • Physical assessment
  • Wound care
  • Medicine refills and ordering; adherence counseling
  • Transportation to and from appointments/ companionship and advocacy
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner and snacks for all residents
  • Full holiday meals and community celebration events
  • Family counseling
  • Connect clients and family members to case management, therapy, food pantry, dental services, STS, and CARTS
  • Develop medical care plan with client and team (doctor and family)
  • Medical education; diagnosis, labs, referral
  • Assistance with disability application
  • Resident memorials
  • Social activities among residents

Housing Services include:

  • Counseling
  • Medical education
  • Disease education
  • Resource education
  • Family counseling
  • Mental health support through check-ins and medical monitoring
  • Group counseling
  • Harm reduction planning
  • Relapse prevention planning
  • Personal finance coaching
  • Career building skills
  • Employment resource referral
  • Partner with permanent housing options including public housing, section 8, Foundation communities to bridge clients with safe, affordable permanent housing
  • Personal finance counseling
  • Hardship rental assistance
  • Social skills building
  • Independent living skills
  • Social activities such as crafts, BINGO, movies
  • Children programs such as “Kids Olympics” and holiday activities
  • Therapeutic gardening
  • Community engagement
  • Community center that is open to all residents in every program 
  • Continental breakfast 5 days a week: Mondays- Friday
  • Saturday breakfast provided by a local church
  • Computer lab
  • Resident center phone for resident use
  • Capital Area Food Bank pantry onsite

Residents are required to develop a plan of exit from day one and we help them stay the course. Monthly meetings are scheduled with housing case managers to monitor progress, develop strategies to achieve independent living and to address areas of need.


Top Drawer Thrift is a funky and fun thrift store with a huge heart.  This Austin staple has been selling donated items to the community since 1993.  All proceeds from the sale of donated merchandise benefit Project Transitions.  In addition, Top Drawer serves the HIV/AIDS community through the provision of store vouchers distributed through area HIV service agencies in Austin.

Top Drawer is located at 4902 Burnet Rd. and is open Monday through Saturday 10am-6pm. Donations are accepted during open hours. The 49th Street Flea Market is also hosted at Top Drawer on the second Saturday of every month.