Friends For Life constructs new housing facility

By Linda Safford

The trees are cleared, and construction has begun on a new housing facility for our fellow Memphians in need called Aloysius New Beginnings. Friends For Life Corporation (FFL) is pleased that this 10-unit, single room occupancy facility will soon provide permanent, supportive housing to chronically homeless persons living with HIV/AIDS. Aloysius New Beginnings will be built on property owned by FFL adjacent to the former Aloysius Home in Midtown.

Funds for construction totaling $1,713,200 were provided by the City of Memphis, the Plough Foundation, Tennessee Housing Development Agency, Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati. In addition HUD will be providing funds to help offset the operation costs of the first two years of the project.

Homelessness among persons living with HIV/AIDS is a life-threatening issue, as it jeopardizes the individual’s ability to remain adherent to medications and to maintain a proper diet and rest. Homelessness also increases the potential for alcohol and/or drug abuse. Kim Daugherty, Executive Director of Friends For Life, remarks, “We look forward to providing housing and supports to some of our community’s most vulnerable residents. Stable housing provides people with the essential foundation they need to take control of their lives and become contributing citizens.” The project is expected to be completed in fall 2011.

The purpose of Friends For Life is to help persons affected by HIV/AIDS live well. Our comprehensive, client-centered approach includes education, housing, food, transportation, healthcare, and healthy life skills training. FFL is the oldest and largest HIV/AIDS service organization in the Mid-South, founded in 1985. For more information on FFL or for HIV/AIDS resources, visit our website at  friendsforlifecorp.org.

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