To provide affordable housing assistance and support services to persons living with HIV/AIDS in Hawaii.
Who We Are and Our History
Gregory House Programs is a 501c-3 nonprofit agency. It was founded in 1988 as Ho’omana’olana after a few dedicated and concerned citizens, including Michael Burnett (the first Executive Director), successfully lobbied State Legislature for funds to start up an AIDS housing program. Around the same time, Richard Smart, owner of Parker Ranch on Hawaii Island, purchased a small apartment complex and named it Gregory House in memory of Charles Gregory (portrait), an artist and Mr. Smart’s dear friend, who died of AIDS complications in 1985. Gregory House took in the first resident in December 1988.
In 1989, the agency implemented emergency housing and subsidy programs to meet statewide housing needs. In the early 1990s, demand for services increased and working with other community players, the agency helped draft applications to bring new federal funds to the State. In 2012, we added Save the FoodBasket Program (food and nutrition) from a successful merger.
Housing is Healthcare and HIV Prevention
Stable, permanent housing is essential to long term survival with HIV. Without housing, it is difficult for PLWH to access continuous primary medical care, adhere to a medications regimen, maintain proper nutrition, and access other support. Studies show that housing for PLWH reduces morbidity rates, improves health outcomes, extends life expectancy, and reduces legal issues (citations, jail, court proceedings) and usage of emergency services (ambulance, ER care, crisis intervention). Furthermore, housing reduces new HIV infections as housed PLWH are less likely to engage in risky behaviors than on the streets. (Source: Fact Sheets and Policy Paper)
Who We Help
PLWH and their families who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless with very-low incomes and limited resources. In fact, over 92% have extremely-low incomes. Imagine a mother and child with $1700 income and benefits paying for housing, utilities, food, school and living costs.
Persons living with HIV/AIDS in Hawaii have safe and stable housing with access to supportive services they need to lead satisfying lives with dignity.