Recently, Tannie was hit with two devastating blows: she became homeless after her mother, with whom she'd been living, died of cancer, and also learned during a pre-natal visit that she was HIV+. Tannie is Dominican with no relatives in the States. She applied for benefits at the HIV/AIDS Service Administration and was referred to the Coalition's Scattered Site Housing Program (SSHP). At this time, Tannie was eight months pregnant, frightened about her health, and even more terrified about her unborn child's fate.
The Coalition immediately responded to the urgency of Tannie's situation. A SSHP case manager helped her move into a Washington Heights apartment, visited her in the hospital when she delivered her daughter Christina, and brought them clothes to wear home after discharge.
The Scattered Site Housing Program taught Tannie how to live with HIV, manage her medication, and stabilize emotionally. Tannie enrolled Christina in a day-care program and was able to find a steady full-time job. With help from the Coalition, Tannie and Christina were able to overcome and thrive with dignity through the ordeals of homelessness and living with HIV/AIDSmore stories of homeless new yorkers