Project Lazarus provides transitional housing to people living with HIV/AIDS who have no other place to live. The agency has two large buildings with each separated into two ‘houses’. Resident rooms are uniquely furnished and decorated, and residents may choose to decorate and individualize them as they wish. They are all equipped with cable television and telephones. Additionally, the houses have common living areas and bathrooms as well as family style kitchens that never close. Project Lazarus encourages maximum independence, but provides minimum to total care based on individual need.
Men and women come to Project Lazarus in various stages of health, and care is individualized according to each person’s needs. These needs are evaluated at least weekly, and care plans are adjusted as necessary. To date, more than 1000 men and women diagnosed with HIV/AIDS have called Lazarus their home, and many have died at Lazarus. The stigma and fear continues as many of them have been shunned by family and friends, and find the companionship, love, and care at Lazarus that they so desperately need. All staff members work interchangeably within the four houses, creating a bond between them and the residents.