HIV/AIDS housing org Doorways planning new campus

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ST. LOUIS — Doorways, a nonprofit that provides housing services for people living with HIV/AIDS, is planning to build a $7 million, 50-apartment campus.

“This campus will give us a new headquarters in addition to 50 new housing units in the first phase,” Doorways President and CEO Opal Jones told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Doorways hopes to start construction in October 2020 and finish it next year, the newspaper reported. The organization already possesses most of the property needed for the project.

Jones told the Post-Dispatch that more than half of people with HIV/AIDS will be homeless at some point in their lives, and Doorways’ emphasis on housing as part of its services for the population is a novel approach among groups that assist people with HIV/AIDS. It currently runs seven apartment buildings with 103 apartments as well as rental and utility assistance for other clients.

Doorways has raised about $14 million of a $17 million capital campaign goal, about $4 million of it through private donations, according to the newspaper. It has also received approval of $6.28 million in federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits over 10 years from the Missouri Housing Development Commission.

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