For people living with HIV, housing is an essential cornerstone of health and stability. Matthew 25 is pleased to offer housing assistance programs available to Kentucky patients living within our service area. Matthew 25 housing projects are accomplished through the HOPWA (Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS) program, with funding provided through by KHC (Kentucky Housing Corporation), and HUD (United States Department of Housing and Urban Development).
Patients may utilize our programs based on household income and the availability of funds.
This is a short-term, needs-based intervention to increase housing stability and prevent homelessness. This program can assist patients who encounter an unexpected financial hardship, such as a higher than average utility bill. Additional criteria must be met for assistance under the HOPWA program. STRMU assistance can be available for 147 days of any 52-week period.
TBRA-Tenant Based Rental Assistance
For some clients, more intensive housing support is necessary. Tenant Based Rental Assistance is an income based program that can make up the difference between a client’s income, and the amount of rent a client can afford to pay. If eligible, the TBRA Subsidy Program can provide a monthly rental subsidy for 12 months. This program operates on availability of funding. TBRA Deposit Assistance can provide assistance with a security deposit for clients who can pay the full rent on their own. Deposit Assistance is only given one time. The client must carry the deposits forward should they move.
We believe in holistic health care and know it is difficult to take care of your illness if you are unable to keep your medical appointments due to lack of transportation.
We will assist you in finding transportation assistance based on your qualifications!
Matthew 25 asks that before seeking our assistance, you attempt all other forms of transportation. All requests for transportation services must be made at least 7 days before the appointments. All requests are processed on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The following are the ways we can assist with transportation needs:
*Only where these services are available
Matthew 25 AIDS Services Inc. supports its patients with a holistic approach, including meeting their nutritional needs through its Zack’s Kitchen Food Pantry! From humble beginnings in a church office in 2003, Zack’s Kitchen now serves 155+ households annually! Zack’s Kitchen relies heavily upon community donations to continue supporting our clients in-need. Patients are encouraged to talk to their Medical Case Managers about their options to receive resources from Zack’s Kitchen and in their community.
Some of the services we are able to provide include:
Food Assistance Program
The food assistance offered by this program provides a supplemental food quantity that can be received once per month. This service is available to anyone who is HIV+ (regardless of whether they are a patient or not). There are several options for receiving food to accommodate patients across our service area(s):
Nutrition Specialist Services
Zack’s Kitchen provides Nutrition Specialist services to help patients create strategies to improve wellness, provide nutrition counseling, and advise patients in community resources.
Commitment to Wellness
Due to nutrition’s impact on HIV progression, it is the primary goal of Zack’s Kitchen to ensure the food and programs offered help meet the patients’ needs. To help meet this goal, Zack’s Kitchen makes every attempt offer nutritious food and drink options that support healthy eating patterns outlined by national guidelines.
Zack’s Kitchen operates primarily through donations and community assistance. Without the support of our community, Zack’s Kitchen would not be possible! A single donation of $25 would help us feed a single household for an entire month! How often can it be said that an entire household can be supported for just $25?
We also always welcome any food and supply donations to help us meet the needs of our clients. In fact, there are items that many of our patients request specifically, and this has led us to create an Amazon Wish List. Please take a look and see if there’s anything you can help us have in supply!