Housing & Emergency Assistance
At The Damien Center, we believe that housing is healthcare. Safe, stable, and affordable housing offers the best opportunity for our clients to access drug therapies, treatments, and other services that will enhance their quality of life. When both HIV+ and high-risk HIV- people are housed, they can better manage other needs and become healthy and self-sufficient.
Our Housing and Emergency Assistance services allow individuals to access safe, affordable housing and supportive services that promote stability and enhance their quality of life. The Housing Assistance Program at The Damien Center helps patients address the complicated issues that affect their housing stability. Whether they need short-, medium- or long-term rental subsidy, utility assistance, or help paying for incidental expenses that affect other areas of life, the housing team works together with our patients to determine which options are best suited for their needs.
Client applications for each of our housing programs are reviewed by a panel consisting of peers, Damien Center staff, and community housing partners to assess the needs of each applicant. Applicants must demonstrate true need and opportunities, potential, and plans for future self-sufficiency.
Tenant-Based Rental Assistance
Our patients can access quality, long-term housing with the help of our housing case managers. Our long-term housing options range from one year of rental assistance to permanent supportive housing options. Applications for long-term housing assistance through Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) are reviewed each month by a committee comprised of Central Indiana HIV service and housing providers. The Damien Center is an active participant in the Indianapolis Housing Continuum of Care which prioritizes and selects patients for our Permanent Supportive Housing program.
Direct Emergency Financial Assistance (DEFA)
DEFA provides short-term assistance with rent, utilities, incidentals, or other one-time emergencies like car repairs or glasses. Our DEFA committee meets twice monthly and is comprised of Central Indiana service providers as well as a client of The Damien Center.
To apply for any our housing or emergency assistance programs, please schedule an appointment with your Care Coordinator. Don't have a Care Coordinator? Get connected to care through our Linkage to Care team!
Our Building A Future classes are open to everyone in need without regard to HIV status and feature a wide range of topics, from budgeting and legal rights to goal setting and housing resources.