Services Available Through USCS
USCS provides the following services to
persons living with HIV / AIDS and their families:
services are provided to determine what
each person needs to continue to be healthy, independent,
and stable. Receipt of services is based on individual needs.
USCS provides financial assistance with
doctor visits, labs and other medically necessary services
related to HIV / AIDS.
is offered through a variety of drug assistance
companies. USCS also provides assistance with insurance co-pays,
Medicaid co-pays, and cobra payments.
is offered for cleanings, extractions and
medically necessary services.
Short Term Rent, Mortgage, & Utility
is available to people with HIV / AIDS and
their families when they are ill and miss a paycheck and to
USCS can assist client's in obtaining housing
through the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA).
HOPWA funds are designed to provide emergency housing assistance,
defined as short-term rent, mortgage and utility payments
and supportive services for persons living with HIV/AIDS and
their families who are homeless or who are at risk of becoming
The HOPWA Program was established by HUD
to address the specific needs of low income persons living
with HIV/AIDS and their families. HOPWA makes grants to local
communities, States, and nonprofit organizations for projects
that benefit low income persons medically diagnosed with HIV/AIDS
and their families.The lack of affordable and medically appropriate
housing for persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families
is an ongoing concern for AIDS housing providers, policy makers,
and advocates across the country. Stable housing promotes
improved health status, sobriety or decreased use of nonprescription
drugs, and a return for some persons with AIDS to productive
work and social activities. Stable housing is the cornerstone
of HIV/AIDS treatment.
In the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) 2002 HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report, approximately
384,906 persons are known to be living with AIDS and an additional
195,401 persons are known to be living with HIV infection.
The HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report says that since many States
are not yet reporting on HIV and these figures are incomplete.
The CDC estimates that 800,000 to 900,000 Americans are actually
living with HIV and AIDS. Throughout many communities, persons
living with HIV or AIDS risk losing their housing due to compounding
factors, such as increased medical costs or limited ability
to keep work due to AIDS.
are available to assist people with HIV/AIDS
assistance to doctor visits and other HIV related services.
Mental Health Counseling
is available on an individual or group level
by a licensed professional.
People with HIV / AIDS are eligible to receive
primary and specialty care through New Horizon / GHS Infectious
Disease Care Center. Title III is a federally funded program
offering comprehensive care.
are held quarterly on a variety of HIV related
subjects such as adherence to medications, nutrition, women's
health issues, and mental well-being.
involves speaking to community groups and
service providers about HIV, its transmission, and services
of the Consortium. It also involved World AIDS Day, Dining
With Friends fund-raiser, National Testing Day, and FATE,
HIV Prevention Collaboration Activities.
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