The Health Trust provides a variety of services to low-income Santa Clara County residents living with HIV/AIDS, helping patients and families solve their day-to-day needs. The Health Trust AIDS Services is supported by federal funding, as well as resources through the County of Santa Clara and the City of San Jose. We also depend on significant support from corporations, foundations, and individuals throughout our community.
Preparing affordable, nutritious meals can be a challenge for people living with HIV/AIDS. The Health Trust Jerry Larson FOODBasket helps support these individuals and their families by providing food assistance.
At The Jerry Larson FOODBasket clients can shop twice a month and choose from an array of fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, canned and packaged goods, and frozen meat. Home-delivered meals are available for homebound clients.
Eligibility is based on income level and need. For more information or to see if you qualify, call 408.961.9850 or toll-free 800.325.1890. You can also email AIDSServices@healthtrust.org.
Medical Case Management
The Health Trust staff, including Registered Nurses and social workers, provide case management for those who meet eligibility criteria to assist with managing medication; communicating with medical and social service providers; negotiating complex systems such as Social Security and health insurance; finding emotional support; mental health and substance abuse treatment referrals; and referrals to other services in the community.
Navigating the health insurance and support services bureaucracies can be daunting. The Health Trust staff guide clients through the process of obtaining all benefits for which they are eligible.
Emergency Financial Assistance
The Health Trust can provide emergency financial assistance to clients who are having trouble meeting their basic needs and have exhausted all other sources of assistance.
Home care is available to case management clients who require housekeeping services or help with daily living activities.
Permanent Supportive Housing – The Health Trust offers Permanent Supportive Housing to low-income households that are homeless or at-risk of homelessness, and living with HIV/AIDS. Permanent Supportive Housing creates affordable housing for program participants by allowing them to pay for no more than 30% of their income towards rent, while the remaining rent amount is subsidized by the program. Participants are connected to a Housing Case Management Specialist who will help locate and secure a unit by assisting with housing search and providing advocacy with landlords. Participants will also receive assistance with the inspection and move-in process, while being connected to community resources and referrals that will ease the transition into a new environment that is safe, decent and sanitary. With retention in mind, once housed, participants will receive landlord and tenant mediation, monthly rent subsidy and the option to access other services such as: benefits counseling, self-sufficiency, medical social work, nurse case management and food assistance.
Transitional Housing – The Health Trust also offers a Transitional Housing Program to assist low-income individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS whom are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. The program has a 2 year limit, and assists participants locate and secure housing by assisting with housing search and providing advocacy with landlords. Participants will also receive assistance with the inspection and move-in process, while being connected to community resources and referrals that will ease the transition into a new environment that is safe, decent and sanitary. Once participants are housed, they will receive landlord and tenant mediation to help ensure housing retention. Participants are required to work directly with a Self-Sufficiency Coordinator to accomplish the following: establish goals to increase income, complete weekly employment applications, resume building, interview coaching and finance management to develop a transition plan out of the program. The Self-Sufficiency Coordinator tailors the work plan with each participant to meet their specific needs and goals, but the ultimate goal for everyone is to transition into other affordable housing by program termination.
Emergency Assistance – The Health Trust has an Emergency Assistance Program that assists those living with HIV/AIDS whom have medically related emergencies and need financial assistance for rent, utilities and food. The assistance is only provided per assessed emergency and there must be a demonstrated need that cannot be assisted by any other resources in the community. The assistance provided is short-term and intended to typically be one-time assistance that is provided to help with a sudden, unexpected expense. Those who are homeless and living with HIV/AIDS with urgent medical conditions that prevent them from being able to utilize a shelter can be temporarily placed in approved motels, only so long as the medical condition persists.
Short Term Housing Program – The Health Trust Short Term Housing Program is a temporary rental assistance program that can provide assistance for up to 6 months and is provided to low-income household’s living with HIV/AIDS to establish their own emergency savings safety net while moving towards self-sufficiency. The program is designed to provide a flat subsidy dependent upon the unit size. In turn, the money saved on rent would be placed into a savings account. Intensive work with the Self-Sufficiency Coordinator will assist participants in increasing their earning potential, exploring more affordable housing options and establishing a financial management plan in order to maintain their safety net savings.
Located in the heart of the San Jose, The Learning & Living Lounge is a safe, accessible and friendly place for people living with HIV/AIDS and others to meet and learn from each other as well as meet with service providers. For information, call 408.961.9850 or email AIDSServices@healthtrust.org.
The Project Start Program is a transitional case management program that helps people living with HIV/AIDS in Santa Clara County Adult Custody make a smooth transition from jail to the community. For information, call 408.961.9808 or email email@example.com.
The Positive Self-Management Program for HIV/AIDS is an evidence-based, six-part series designed to help participants build skills needed to effectively manage their own health. The program is led by peers and volunteers who have completed a rigorous leader’s certification. Programs are offered at a number of convenient locations throughout the county. To find out how this program can work for you, call 408.961.9808 or email AIDSServices@healthtrust.org.
Today, over 800 HIV/AIDS patients rely on The Health Trust’s services, and the number of people continues to grow. In order to continue providing ongoing case management and stop the spread of AIDS, it is vital that the program receive financial assistance from the community. Your support is especially important: government grants only pay 80 percent of the costs, thus requiring a 20 percent matching gift from the community.
The Jerry Larson FOODBasket: Volunteers are needed every weekday to help pack and deliver grocery bags of food, as well as hot meals to homebound residents through our Meals On Wheels Program. Volunteers are also needed on the second and fourth Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each month, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. to assist clients who come to the Jerry Larson Food Basket to pick up their food.
You can also support our clients through an annual holiday gift drive, year-round Healthy Food drives and assembly of personal care packages. Both weekday and weekend opportunities are available for individuals and corporate groups.
AIDS Services Events: The Health Trust holds a number of community events during the year to increase awareness of HIV and raise funds to support our work. Volunteers help through personal fundraising as well as with promotion, set-up and activities on the day of the event.
For more information on individual or group volunteer opportunities, contact 408.961.9862 or Volunteers@healthtrust.org.
Learning & Living Lounge Calendar
Getting to Zero Silicon Valley is a four-year initiative that began February 2017, striving for Zero New HIV Infections, Zero Deaths related to HIV/AIDS, and Zero HIV/AIDS Stigma and Discrimination in Santa Clara County.