Jerusalem House Celebrates 30 Years of Community Service at October Luncheon

Atlanta HIV/AIDS nonprofit announces sale of Family Program property and new housing strategy as it faces housing crisis and funding cuts

ATLANTA, GEORGIA, USA, Oct. 24, 2022 / — Jerusalem House, Atlanta’s oldest and largest provider of permanent housing for low-income and homeless individuals and families affected by the HIV/AIDS, recently celebrated over 30 years of service to the Atlanta community. At its celebratory luncheon, the nonprofit announced its new housing strategy, which will reduce its reliance on rental properties in the face of Atlanta’s housing crisis and impending funding cuts.

Housing Opportunity for People with AIDS (HOPWA) funding through the City of Atlanta for Jerusalem House is reduced as Atlanta funding will be reduced by 44%, from $22 million to $13 million million dollars, which will eat up most of the charity’s operating funds. To help position the charity to purchase additional homes, a key part of the new housing strategy, Jerusalem House recently sold the facility that had housed its “family program”.

Efforts to renew commitments to Jerusalem House brought 250 people to lunch, originally scheduled for March 2020 but postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens attended. He announced his support for moving housing opportunities for people with AIDS to the city of Atlanta.

Jerusalem House provides more than 70% of permanent supportive housing for Atlanta’s homeless, as well as its low-income population living with HIV/AIDS. The charity oversees its two residential programs, two head lease programs and a temporary housing subsidy program. Jerusalem House also partners with support groups for the homeless, the recovering and the elderly living with HIV/AIDS and families.

“Stable housing is essential to creating positive health care and life outcomes,” said Jerusalem House President and CEO Maryum Lewis. “Our support services help residents retain their housing and provide opportunities that lead to upward mobility. To provide support services, we partner with 25 organizations, including Open Hand, Grady Infectious Disease Program, and AID Atlanta.

Lewis added, “Jerusalem House is positioning itself for continued success as we face a combination of significant external challenges that will affect how we provide needed housing and services. Rental housing costs are skyrocketing as demand increases. Our dispersed site program, which houses people in apartments across the region, has struggled to find and keep apartments. »

In the face of reduced federal funding for HOPWA, Jerusalem House continues to seek philanthropic partnerships to support new facilities and major organizational transitions needed. She is exploring the possibility of a fundraising campaign, as well as refining development strategies to better meet the challenges of a new service model.

“The final critical element, and one that has been ongoing for some time, is to create and expand relationships within the Atlanta housing community to leverage the expertise that exists in this space,” said added Lewis. “We need to leverage the funds we have and build strong partnerships to position Jerusalem House to serve its clients well in the future.”


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