HIV/ AIDS and homelessness are interconnected problems that cause tremendous suffering. Up to 50% of people living with HIV/AIDS are at risk of becoming homeless, because of medical expenses and discrimination from employers. Homelessness is truly life-threatening for people living with HIV/AIDS. Poor hygiene, stress, malnutrition, cold weather, and poorly ventilated shelters all increase the risk of disease.
The Lantern Organization has pioneered the development of permanent supportive housing for people living with HIV/ AIDS. When Lantern staff proposed one of the first supportive housing developments for people living with HIV/AIDS at a community board meeting in 1995, they faced a crowd that shouted violently throughout the meeting. They refused to back down. Now, Lantern Organization continues to provide supportive housing to a population that so desperately needs it.