The Transitional Housing Program was designed by MASS to assist homeless HIV/AIDS inmates who have been recently released from jail successfully reintegrate back into the community. Persons in need of housing support will be identified through existing relationships with Department of Corrections (DOC) and the Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Links and Resources for Inmates (CHARLI) Program funded by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). Clients that are eligible for this housing program are identified prior to being released from jail.
All clients offered and provided housing support are enrolled in the CHARLI program. The person must meet the following eligibility requirements: documented homeless status by the correctional facility at the time of release, incarcerated for three years or longer, no family or significant other support for housing, no source of income at the time of release, and be willing and able to work after release.
Housing support will be provided for a period of up to six months with a progress evaluation conducted at three months to determine continued stay in the program or termination from the program. Residents are followed up with to ensure they are attending medical appointments and are taking their medications. They will also have access to, and assistance with health/HIV education, food, transportation, social services applications, substance abuse and mental health services and other services as needed.