housing and support services
More than 4,000 people are living with HIV in the Portland Metropolitan Area (Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Yamhill, Columbia Counties in Oregon and Clark and Skamania Counties in Washington), and each year more than 200 people are newly diagnosed with HIV. Cascade AIDS Project has created programs to meet the needs of people who are HIV+.
CAP’s part-time Intake/Information & Referral Specialist can meet with you to introduce you and your family to CAP services and refer you to resources throughout the community. The CareLink team are available to assist individuals who are newly diagnosed or who are struggling to remain in care by helping clients address barriers to care. CAP’s part-time Patient Navigators can assist Communities of Color, specifically African American and Latinos, with improving your health outcomes. With more than 700 clients in the Supportive Housing Program, CAP’s skilled housing team provide housing case management, eviction prevention assistance, and short- and long-term housing assistance to help people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Kids’ Connection offers a group of programs that can assist a family with issues like disclosing HIV status within a family, a support group for parents, and Camp KC, a week-long camp for kids 5 – 14 who are HIV+ or affected by HIV. Working Choices provides individual and group support for those wishing to seek or maintain employment. Positive Directions offers a series of workshops including Rent Well, My 2 Cents, +alk, and Positive Self Management, a group designed to help people increase their skills to better manage their illness and their lives. Positive Force is a great group to join if you are interested in networking and being a part of a community that is making a difference by working together through projects like Positive Build, a collaboration with Positive Force and Habitat for Humanity, to give back to the community.