2000 Best Practice Awards
Best of the Best Winners: Missouri
Best Practice: SAVE, Inc.
Program Offers Housing Assistance to HIV/AIDS
|Kansas City, Missouri. For over 15 years, SAVE, Inc. has provided housing and housing-related
services to people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in Kansas City and
surrounding counties in both Missouri and Kansas. More than 1,900 people
have received assistance through the continuum of services provided by SAVE
and the programs success and growth has brought more than $3.5 million
in physical improvements to the east midtown area of Kansas City. The SAVE,
Inc. organization was founded in 1986 by community and business members
concerned with the increasing number of homeless people in the
Recipients receiving Best of the Best award
from Secretary Cuomo (l) and Deputy Secretary Ramirez (r)
Kansas City area who were affected by HIV/AIDS.
SAVE now operates 14 programs in its continuum of care that cover the many
levels of need for its clients. The comprehensive array of housing assistance
includes short-term emergency housing, intermediate-term transitional housing,
permanent housing, hospice care, housing referrals, and housing rental and
utility assistance, and housing vouchers and subsidies.
SAVE, Inc. is the first and thus far only
program in the area to address the unique housing issues that can result
from the specific health and medical needs of the HIV/AIDS population. For
example, a hurdle people with HIV/AIDS face when in need of emergency shelter
is the need for storage and refrigeration of medications and obtaining a
certain measure of daily stability to undergo these complex medication regimes.
Additionally, many people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS grow progressively more
disabled and are often unable to work, or face exhausted finances, and find
themselves unable to afford or maintain their existing homes.
The programs run through SAVE, Inc. operate
75 units of housing in 10 facilities that assist individuals living with
HIV/AIDS and their families. Developing these programs and facilities has
also redeveloped and revitalized previously run-down areas of Kansas
City. Many of the SAVE facilities are located in what had been a city block
of abandoned buildings. In addition, SAVE purchased and restored a 100-year-old
three-story mansion to serve as an administration and service center for
the program. The center also provides meeting and activity space for community
residents and neighborhood associations.
The ability to serve an increasing population
of clients is made possible through a partnership of nonprofit organizations,
private donors, foundations, federal agency programs, and the Missouri Housing
Development Commission. This partnership works together to provide funding
and resources for the programs of SAVE, Inc.
The success of SAVE, Inc. and its comprehensive
programs resulted in the 1999 Missouri Governors Award for Excellence
in Affordable Housing.
Contact: Ellen King, Phone: (816) 531-8340 Ext.22
Tracking Number: 2043
Winning Category: Geographic
Best Practice: St. Louis HUD Sweat Equity
Program Exchanges Manual Labor for Down
St. Louis, Missouri. One of the most
difficult components of obtaining a home is saving for the down payment
and closing costs. The Sweat Equity Program developed by the St. Louis HUD
office permits homebuyers who are applying for an FHA-insured loan to exchange
manual labor for a percentage of their down payment and closing costs of
a new home.
There was a need in the St. Louis area to
creatively find a way to help first-time homebuyers with down payment and
closing costs. The Program found it necessary to provide tasks for the buyers
that are easy to accomplish without the need to posses any special
skills. The Sweat Equity Program has contributed to a 30 percent
increase in homebuyer sales to first-time home buyers.
As a result of the St. Louis Sweat Equity
program, many St. Louis families who could not otherwise afford a home
now have the opportunity to earn their down payment and closing costs in
exchange for manual labor. Prospective homeowners can plant grass seed around
their house for a 1 percent discount on their down payment and can paint
the inside of their home for a 2 percent discount. In both cases, the housing
contractor supplies all necessary supplies and the homebuyer provides the
labor. The program allows homebuyers to earn approximately 50 percent toward
the down payment and closing costs on their home.
The St. Louis Sweat Equity is a partnership
between the HUDFHA, Missouri Housing Development Corporation and the
St. Louis Community Development Agency. Sweat Equity is a great way to involve
homebuyers in the initial building phrase of their new home. With the cooperation
of agencies at the state and local level along with area businesses, Sweat
Equity is a program that can be implemented in cities across the U.S. The
Sweat Equity Program has been successful in enabling low-income homebuyers
to become involved in the construction of their new home and ease the
financial burdens that inhibit homeownership.
Contact: Dennis Martin, Phone: (314) 539-6388
Tracking Number: 865
Winning Category: Program (Housing - Single Family)
Best Practice: Doorways Interfaith AIDS Residence
Program Offers Community Services to HIV/AIDS
St. Louis, Missouri. Doorways is an interfaith program in St. Louis that provides
innovative residential settings where HIV-affected individuals and families
can receive coordinated community resources. Doorways began providing residential
services more than 10 years ago with a 10-unit project. Today the program
meets the needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS through a continuum of residential
services ranging from independent to significantly assisted units. Doorways
is the only housing program specifically designed for people with AIDS in
the St. Louis area.
Doorways operates four initiatives that help
Lynne Cooper (c) receiving Best of the Best
award from Secretary Cuomo (l) and Deputy Secretary Ramirez (r)
up to 450 persons each month: a Residential
Program, an Own Home Program, a Clearinghouse and a Supportive Housing Program.
The Residential Program provides fully furnished apartments for low-income
families and individuals. Clients pay a service fee assigned on a sliding
scale. The Own Home Program subsidizes rent, a mortgage and/or utility payments
for people who would otherwise be unable to stay in their own homes. The
Clearinghouse lists AIDS-sensitive property managers and available units,
and provides housing advocacy, placement assistance and outreach to HIV-affected
individuals. The Supportive Housing Program provides housing that includes
laundry and housekeeping, food, nutrition and home health services.
In addition, construction is almost complete
on a new 811-unit apartment complex to be called Mama Nyumba (My Mothers
House in Swahili). The complex, which is being built in a secure and
confidential location in St. Louis, will target families headed by single
parents, mostly women, who are living with the daily challenges of HIV in
One strength of the Doorways program is that
it provides a range of housing options that allow clients to live as
independently as practical, while meeting health care and other service
needs. Although a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS can often mean the loss of a job,
insurance, support networks and sometimes a home, the Doorways program
helps prevent homelessness in people living with the disease. In addition,
Doorways strives to work as a positive force in the various St. Louis neighborhoods
where it operates, contributing to revitalization by redeveloping run-down
and vacant buildings and building them into community assets.
Doorways began as one response by the St.
Louis AIDS Interfaith Network to the growing HIV/AIDS crisis in the metropolitan
area. In 1998, religious and community leaders concerned about housing issues
for people living with AIDS founded Doorways as a separate 501(c) 3 nonprofit
corporation. Board members include representatives from eight religious
groups of different denominations in St. Louis. Other partners include the
City of St. Louis, Missouri Housing Development Commission and HUD. Financial
support comes from religious sponsors, the United Way, the AIDS Foundation,
corporate and foundation grants, and federal, state, and local grants. The
Supportive Housing facility uses City CDBG Funds, HUD Supportive Housing
Funds, private donations and state of Missouri Housing Development Funds.
The other projects use HUD Section 811 capital advances for supportive housing.
The program is fortunate for the strong base
of support that it receives from the St. Louis community. Doorways is able
to call upon the community at large to help match these financial resources
to produce a quality project. For more information visit the Doorways
Contact: Lynne Cooper, Phone: (314) 535-1919 Ext. 3030
Tracking Number: 453
Winning Category: Program (Community Builder)
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