Better Existence with HIV (BEHIV) has been awarded a contract by the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), through the Housing Opportunities for People With AIDS (HOPWA) program, to expand its Safe Start Housing program.

 BEHIV’s Safe Start program offers independent scattered-site housing, intensive case management and additional services to homeless men and women who are disabled by HIV and are active substance users and/or are dealing with mental health problems.  Program units are located on Chicago’s north side.

 BEHIV currently has 12 individuals in its Safe Start program. This contract will allow additional individuals to be brought into the program, providing life-saving services to more members of the community.

 “We are very excited about this contract and the opportunity to expand our Safe Start program,” BEHIV Executive Director Eric Nelson.  “The need is growing for programs that help people live on their own, while providing the intensive counseling and assistance needed to help people live.”