Project Lazarus provides transitional housing to people living with HIV/AIDS who have no other place to live. The agency has two large buildings with each separated into two 'houses'. Resident rooms are uniquely furnished and decorated, and residents may choose to decorate and individualize them as they wish. They are all equipped with cable television and telephones. Additionally, the houses have common living areas and bathrooms as well as family style kitchens that never close. Project Lazarus encourages maximum independence, but provides minimum to total care based on individual need.
Men and women come to Project Lazarus in various stages of health, and care is individualized according to each person's needs. These needs are evaluated at least weekly, and care plans are adjusted as necessary. To date, more than 1000 men and women diagnosed with HIV/AIDS have called Lazarus their home, and many have died at Lazarus. The stigma and fear continues as many of them have been shunned by family and friends, and find the companionship, love, and care at Lazarus that they so desperately need. All staff members work interchangeably within the four houses, creating a bond between them and the residents.
Project Lazarus serves New Orleans and the surrounding parishes. The area has the 5th highest incidence of AIDS in the United States, and the population of Project Lazarus is reflective of the AIDS epidemic locally. The average length of stay for a resident is 12 months, and the population is generally 70% minority and 30% white. Over the past year, a shift in demographics has been noted in that women now comprise over 30% of our residents, which increases every year. The average age is over 40 years and all our residents fall below 80% of the federal poverty guidelines.
Project Lazarus maintains a strong network of relationships with other organizations that serve the homeless and people with AIDS, particularly those who serve the poor and indigent. Written agreements exist between Project Lazarus and more than a dozen other service providers, in addition to many other informal collaborations. As the oldest and largest provider of AIDS housing services in Louisiana, Project Lazarus has continued to provide responsive programming to meet the needs of the community, provide leadership to other organizations who wish to duplicate the services in other parts of the country, and maintain the integrity of its mission to provide compassionate care to those in need.
504-949-3609 Ext. 521