Options for Community Living, Inc. (Options) is the proud recipient of a $15,000 grant award from the MAC AIDS Fund in support of its housing programs for individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS. The MAC AIDS Fund is committed to addressing the link between poverty and HIV/AIDS by supporting diverse organizations around the world that provide a wide range of services to people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA).
“Options is grateful for this generous award from the MAC AIDS Fund,” stated Yolanda Robano-Gross, executive director of Options for Community Living, Inc. “Long Island has more AIDS cases than any other suburban community in the United States. The importance of affordable supportive housing for our most vulnerable residents – people with disabilities and serious chronic illnesses—can’t be overstated. At Options, we see the benefits of supportive housing every day. Once in safe stable housing, tenants can focus on improving their health, raising healthy children and achieving their goals. Many return to school or work, and their children access resources and services so they have the best opportunity for success. Supportive housing helps break the cycle of poverty and homelessness. It changes lives.”
Options is the largest provider of supportive housing for people living with HIV/AIDS on Long Island. We currently operate more than 60 units of supportive housing for individuals and families scattered throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties.