The Open Door, Inc. is a grassroots, certified 501 (c)3 non-profit organization located in Pittsburgh city limits. We provide affordable, safe, and supportive housing for individuals living with HIV that are not eligible for more traditional housing programs. We also provide representative payee services to individuals who experience housing instability but may not need the additional supports of our housing program. We welcome high-risk individuals, including those with substance use, mental health diagnoses, and criminal histories.
It is our hope that we will be able to both solve the homeless problem for those already on the streets with our supportive housing and prevent others from becoming homeless with our representative payee service.
A Brief History
In late 2004, a group of concerned citizens conducted a focus group of six homeless individuals living with HIV. The response was clear; housing was the main barrier to medical appointment and medication adherence. The results from the focus group were presented to other key staff members from the region’s leading AIDS Service organizations in January 2005, who later became our founding board members. By April 2006, the founding members purchased a 15-unit apartment building. The first resident moved in June 1, 2006.
Since that time, The Open Door, Inc. has provided services to over 100 people living with HIV. We have never had a vacant apartment, demonstrating the need for this type of program. We currently house 14 individuals and provide representative payee services to about 55 clients, including residents, and hope to continue expanding.
We work every day to empower our clients to live independently, improve their health and quality of life, and ultimately improve their roles in the community.