Alder Health views financial assistance programs as a powerful resource in our efforts to improve the health outcomes of individuals living with HIV/AIDS in South Central Pennsylvania.
While addressing immediate financial challenges being experienced by HIV-positive individuals, Alder Health’s Financial and Housing Assistance programs work with individuals enrolled in HIV case management to look beyond their immediate financial need in order to examine their long term housing and financial outlook and assist them in making any necessary changes to their budgets/lifestyle which would allow them to better live within their financial constraints.
A key purpose of HIV-related Financial and Housing Assistance programs is assuring that the client is linked to HIV medical care (including HIV Case Managment) and that through the assistance offered, the client improves his/her ability to access care and remain adherent to his/her HIV treatment program.
For many HIV-related housing and financial assistance programs individuals must be actively enrolled in HIV case management in order to be eligible to submit an application for consideration.
- Housing Information Services – A personalized service, Housing Information Services provides individuals living with HIV and their families support and resources as they assess their housing needs. The program may assist in the development of a household budget, assistance in locating housing and guidance in determining if a housing situation is ideal taking into account both financial and health measures.
- Ryan White Housing Support – Intended as a one-time form of financial housing assistance, the Ryan White Housing Support Program aids individuals living with HIV and their families with rental assistance if they are behind in making rent payments as a result of poor health, an illness or the costs of HIV treatment.
- Emergency Financial Assistance – Available in limited amounts, emergency financial assistance offers HIV+ individauls and their families the ability to access utility assistance (electric, gas, oil, water, sewer, or trash) or financial assistance necessary for securing prescription medications related to their HIV infection. The HIV+ member the household must be enrolled in HIV case management services and must complete the approporaite application for the request to be considered.