“MAP has been a huge help and people need to know about it!”

Tesha and her daughter had been living with family for quite a while. Her rental history wasn’t perfect and she’d been laid off by the company she’d worked for 9 years. Family was willing to take her in, but space was crowded. “God was telling me it was time to go, and everything fell into place,” she said.

A spot had opened up in MAP’s Transitional Housing Program and Tesha was next on the list. MAP’s transitional housing program works with clients to find housing at locations that work best for them. This scattered site housing program provides opportunities to live closer to work, family, and community.

Stable housing is good for health. People who are concerned about finding a home or in an unstable environment are less likely to maintain doctor’s appointments and are more likely to miss doses of HIV medication.

When Tesha joined the housing program, she worked with MAP housing specialist Erika Pieniniemi.

“Erika was really good,” Tesha says. “Everywhere we went, we had the letter to pay, she knew what to ask. She helped with HIV disclosure. She had everything that would be needed.”

The goal of the transitional housing program is to work with people living with HIV to find stable housing and build a good rental history. That includes ensuring that things are going well.

“We meet twice a month to see how I’m doing and set plans to get to where I want to be in the future,” says Tesha. “The housing is good considering the situation I was in. Everything works in the apartment. Erika made sure of that.”

Tesha’s four-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son are happy too.

“They love the new space; they now have their own room!”

Tesha adds that the housing program has been a huge help as she works to build a career as a Peer Navigator for all people living with HIV.

“MAP has been a huge help and people need to know about it.”