Ending HIV through support, housing and prevention services!
Stonewall Terrace, a first of its kind residence and resource in the Commonwealth
Lexington, Kentucky (February 6, 2020) – AVOL Kentucky, and Winterwood, Inc. announces the receipt of a Low-Income Housing Tax Credit allocation from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through Kentucky Housing Corporation to build Stonewall Terrace, a 26-unit community residence serving low-income individuals living with HIV in Lexington. Additionally, the facility will be open to medically vulnerable citizens who need close access to social services and support. The facility will also make much-needed community meeting space available for use by other groups and nonprofit organizations.
“This is an absolute gamechanger for our community,” said AVOL’s Executive Director, Jon Parker. “To be able to provide both housing and essential resources at a single location will greatly enhance the services already being provided by AVOL to those in need.”
Medically vulnerable populations served by Stonewall Terrace include the economically disadvantaged, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ individuals, the elderly, homeless, those with HIV/AIDS, and those with other chronic health conditions, including severe mental illness and substance use disorders. The health and healthcare problems of the medically vulnerable intersect with many social factors, including housing, poverty, and inadequate education.
“Expanding AVOL’s scope of work ever so slightly, as we have been working on over the past year, creates more significant opportunities for people in our community living with HIV,” Parker said. “And, quality and affordable housing help END HIV in Kentucky because housing is healthcare. AVOL clients residing in stable housing achieve viral suppression at higher rates, and in turn, feel better and become less infectious to others.”
AVOL Kentucky serves a sizeable subset of citizens who are aging with HIV and are members of the LGBT community. SAGE of the Bluegrass is a local coalition working to create opportunities and resources that help our LGBT elders meet their basic needs as well as prevent social isolation. Working with SAGE, AVOL is committed to making Stonewall Terrace a fully LGBT senior inclusive community, arguably the first of its kind in Kentucky.
AVOL is partnering with Winterwood, Inc., a real estate company with more than 40 years of experience serving the housing needs of the region, creating safe and affordable places to live. Parker indicated Winterwood has played a critical role in making this opportunity possible.
“Winterwood Inc. is grateful for the opportunity to partner with AVOL Kentucky in enhancing the important work they are carrying out in our community,” said Zach Worsham, Chief Operating Officer with Winterwood, Incorporated. “We believe that access to affordable housing is vital to people living in our city and we look forward to continuing this work through the Stonewall Terrace Development.”
Stonewall Terrace will be located on Versailles Road, close to Cardinal Hill Hospital and Oxford Circle. AVOL plans to break ground this summer and the project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021.
AVOL’s mission is to collaborate with communities to end HIV in Kentucky. AVOL currently provides housing and supportive services to over 300 low-income men and women living with HIV/AIDS in more than 70 counties in central and eastern Kentucky. AVOL operates Solomon House, a long-term permanent community residence for people with AIDS. AVOL provides free HIV and other STI testing as well as HIV prevention education and outreach to those at-risk in our communities. AVOL also serves as an important link connecting those newly diagnosed and those out of care to medical treatment and other healthcare and support resources.