For many years, Bailey-Boushay House has served as a critically needed skilled nursing facility to provide end-of-life care for people with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other fatal diagnoses in their final months.
In 2018, Bailey-Boushay expanded its services to meet the growing needs of the community by offering an emergency 50-bed homeless shelter. The homeless shelter opened Nov. 1 and is fully operational. Through the shelter, Bailey-Boushay stays open through the evenings, providing food and a warm place to sleep for its growing population of homeless clients with HIV/AIDS. The goals of the shelter are to provide a safe place to sleep, and help clients ultimately transition into a permanent place to live. Each guest has a container for storing personal items. Equally important, they have a place where they are respected and able to reclaim a measure of dignity.
With the safety of the night shelter and the services of our outpatient program, our most vulnerable clients now have the support they need.
Before the shelter opened, many Bailey-Boushay clients would simply stay in the neighborhood, sleeping in people's yards, garages and doorways. Most did not feel safe — and were, indeed, not safe — in the city's other shelters. Many were mistreated because of their sexual orientation. Some were mugged for their medications. A few died every year from extreme cold conditions.
With the safety of the night shelter and the services of our outpatient program, our most vulnerable clients now have the support they need.More Stories