Cooper House serves people with HIV unable to live independently due to advanced physical deterioration, development disabilities, or mental health concerns. Many clients report zero income at intake.
Cooper House was one of the first residential services facility in the United States focused on serving people affected by HIV. Since its opening in 1997, it remains the only program of its kind in the region. The fully-accessible secured facility features 36 studio rooms with private bathrooms, a dining room, and indoor and outdoor areas for socialization.
With extremely ill clients, coordinators complete an intensive intake assessment to identify priority needs. The staff usually begin by focusing on reversing the effects of untreated HIV through nutrition, medication management, and care coordination with medical providers. The 24-hour nursing support, social services, counseling, assistance with activities of daily living, and transportation to medical appointments are key components in the program. As residents begin feeling better, they may also participate in some of the recreational activities.
While a permanent housing facility, clients who regain independence may choose to leave Cooper House for more independent living options. Others may remain long-term, with success determined by the number of clients able to achieve and maintain viral suppression/undetectable status, which renders the HIV virus untransmittable, stopping new cases and improving personal health and wellbeing.
If you are interested in assistance, please click here to go to the CLIENT PROCESS page or call 314-535-0888 during office hours (Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).
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