The Role of Supportive Housing for HIV-Positive Mothers and Their Children

Katherine Quinn, Staci Young, Dave Thomas, Brennan Baldwin, Melanie Paul

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Homelessness and housing instability continue to be significant social issues facing low-income families, suggesting a need for more comprehensive, family-based approaches to housing services. This study explored the experiences of 10 HIV-positive women and their children in a Midwestern supportive housing program via in-depth interviews and 5 supportive housing staff. This study explored the challenges associated with housing stability, the availability and limitations of available supportive services, and the effect of permanent supportive housing in the lives of families impacted by HIV/AIDS. Narratives of case managers and housing participants provide a unique perspective into the challenges and strengths of supportive housing programs. Findings reveal the complex needs of HIV-positive mothers in supportive housing, including accessing housing in safe and affordable neighborhoods, and highlight the effectiveness of permanent supportive housing and comprehensive case management services in helping HIV-positive women maintain their health. Findings from this study can help improve case management and social services for women and children living in supportive housing and highlight the need for specific child- and family-centered services. Additional longitudinal research is needed to document sustained effects of supportive housing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)642-658
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Social Service Research
Issue number5
StatePublished - 20 Oct 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • HIV
  • Homelessness
  • case management
  • community and public health
  • marginalized populations
  • women's health


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