Georgia’s largest facilitator of emergency and transitional housing for people living with HIV/AIDS Advisory Committee held an HIV Housing Community Feedback Forum, also on December 13. The Living Room serves as Atlanta’s centralized intake, housing information and referral agency. They assist over 1,500 individuals each year and make a significant impression in many lives. The event fostered an environment to hear former/current Living Room clients and community members’ experiences of trying to achieve stable housing through the Living Room and other providers. I attended, as well as City of Atlanta Lead Management Analyst/Director of HOPWA (Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS), Positive Impact Health Centers staff, and a multitude of Living Room staff, clients and community members. The Living Room Advocacy Committee will process the information into key points and use it to advocate for improved housing access.
I spoke on my experiences as a housing specialist in Albany, NY, and my recent housing intake at the Living Room. I recommended improvements with the coordination of required medical documentation. I suggested they directly send medical forms to the providers, instead of physically giving forms to applicants.
I told them how I immediately took the medical forms directly to medical provider, called my medical provider every 3 days and physically went to the clinic every week. Unfortunately, it took over a month for my medical verification forms to be completed (and application for permanent submitted).
For more information on the Living Room Advisory Committee contact:
Phone number: 404.616.5743
Appointment Line: 404.382.8991
Fax number: 404.616.8605