Opened in 1985, Catholic Charities Peter Claver Community marked one of the earliest efforts by any organization to aggressively serve those sick and dying from HIV/AIDS. Today, as a comprehensive care residence for 32 previously homeless adults, Peter Claver Community provides short-term care to low-income San Francisco residents who have disabling HIV/AIDS – most of whom struggle with major co-occurring psychiatric disorders and substance use challenges.
To minimize the utilization of hospital emergency rooms, crisis services, and other publicly-funded health systems, the staff is able to address most problems on-site. Collaboration with other HIV providers in the county ensures that residents have all their needs met whether they are medical, psychosocial, vocational, or spiritual.
In addition to offering housing and meals, Peter Claver Community serves as a major component in the HIV continuum of care via medicine management, harm reduction education, counseling, and case management.