Building Futures: Family AIDS Housing

WISH LIST: $100: welcome kit for new residents, including linens and utensils; $500: emergency food or rent assistance for 1 family; $1000: new, long-lasting flooring for one apartment

Building Futures does not only create housing, it builds the foundations for dignified lives. For the past 20 years, it has provided safe and affordable housing options for families and individuals with multiple disabilities; preference is given to those with HIV/AIDS, and many residents are recovering from substance abuse. Here, a unique combination of permanent housing, support services, and medical case management ensures that very low-income individuals can take control of their lives and that families can stay strong and together. Endeavoring to create true homes in its 57 units (which include both efficiencies and family dwellings), Building Futures offers playrooms, computer rooms, gardens, and academic and social support for kids in both Brookland and Columbia Heights. Both residents and the broader community are invited to participate in support groups for persons living with HIV/AIDS or overcoming alcohol or drug dependence. Such extensive support makes a real difference: last year, 100% of residents maintained their housing and their relationship with a primary care doctor. Let's build upon that.