Introducing the New House of Ruth Blog
Since 1992, House of Ruth has filled an important social need: providing housing and support services for people with HIV/AIDS and their families who are homeless, at risk of losing their homes, or need financial help. Over the past 29 years, we’ve helped countless of our most vulnerable community members. In this new monthly blog, we want to celebrate House of Ruth’s important work by sharing some of our incredible client success stories.
What Is House of Ruth?
House of Ruth offers a continuum of vital services.
Emergency and Family Services includes our food and toiletry pantry, financial assistance, and case management.
Our Glade House Emergency Shelter offers three beds for homeless HIV-positive people for up to 90 days, while they receive intensive case management designed to help them find stable housing.
Glade House Short-Term Housing offers ten beds to homeless HIV-positive people for up to two years. During this time, residents can move forward in a positive, drug and alcohol-free environment. Individual and group counseling helps individuals become healthy and self-supporting. The ultimate goal is for Glade House residents to find and maintain their own housing.
- Finally, our Long-Term Housing Program provides safe and affordable housing for individuals affected by HIV/AIDS and their families. House of Ruth owns and maintains 17 single-family properties and has working relationships with community landlords throughout Louisville.
In its first year, House of Ruth served eight families in need. Needless to say, we’ve grown quite a bit since then. During our last fiscal year (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020), we helped hundreds of clients. Here are just a few important milestones:
Emergency and Family Services
370 clients used our food pantry at least once per month
229 received 20 TARC tickets every other month
68 clients received payment for rental applications and security deposit fees
75 clients received rent or utility assistance
Glade House Emergency Shelter
Our emergency beds had a utilization rate of 99%
85% of clients exited to more stable housing
75% of clients left with increased income
Glade House Short-Term Housing
100% of clients who graduated the program moved to long-term housing
88% of clients who remained at Glade House for at least nine months were able to maintain housing and manage their addiction
Long-Term Housing Program
59 households, including 91 individuals received case management and subsidized rent
Clients stayed in long-term housing for an average of one year and ten months
A safe place to live, basic needs met, and the support to move into the next chapter of life; our clients find these necessities through House of Ruth. We are proud to help Louisville community members with HIV/AIDS transform their lives, and we can’t wait to share their successes with you.