In 1990, Congress passed the Ryan White Act in honor of the adolescent who was diagosed with HIV, Ryan White. It was one of the government’s first steps in response to HIV/AIDS in the United States. The Ryan White Act continues to provide funding for programs that help improve the lives of those who are living with HIV/AIDS.
In 1993, PROCEED began offering counseling and housing services to income-eligible, HIV/AIDS positive residents of Union County as part of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. The goal of these services is to maintain HIV positive individuals in medical care and to assist them in securing the additional resources needed to maintain their quality of life.
Services can include, but are not limited to the following:
- Transitional housing for single, homeless men who are living with HIV/AIDS
- Educational workshops
- Medication management
- Employment referrals
- Computer and internet access
- Treatment linkage to doctors, hospitals, and/or clinics.
For more information about receiving any of these services for people living with HIV/AIDS, please contact Yair Gomez at (908) 351-7727 ext. 234 or Claudia Ortiz at (908) 351-7727 ext. 244.