Time and again, the staff of AIDS Resource were unable to place HIV/AIDS patients at assisted living facilities (also known as personal care homes). Owing to the ignorance and stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS, personal care homes were unwilling to open their doors to those most in need. Years of discrimination against HIV/AIDS patients culminated in AIDS Resource filing a complaint with the PA Department of Public Welfare and the federal Office of Civil Rights and the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.
Determined to ensure that no HIV+ person will again face the life-threatening fear and discrimination that persists in some pockets of our community, AIDS Resource found an innovative solution and founded West House.
Because client confidentiality is of utmost concern, the decision was made to not make West House an HIV/AIDS-specific home, but rather a home where everyone is welcome. Because we are a non-profit organization, we accept all qualified residents, regardless of their ability to pay, making it the perfect home for those who need some additional assistance but can't afford traditional long-term care.