Trillium Health Ribbon Cutting at Union Square
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Trillium Health Ribbon Cutting at Union Square

Jun 23, 2021

21 Apartments Dedicated to People Experiencing Homelessness

June 23, 2021 (Rochester, NY) – Trillium Health, elected officials, and community partners held a ribbon cutting to mark the completion of the Union Square Apartments at 275 East Avenue in Rochester. The newly constructed building includes 72 apartments - 21 of which are reserved for residents who will receive rental subsidies and will be assisted by housing coordinators at Trillium Health. Five years in the making, this partnership helps to promote health equity and fulfill our mission to provide extraordinary care, always. Our onsite team will work to meet the unique needs of each individual, and connect them to care right down the road at Monroe Avenue, where they will have access to the comprehensive healthcare and wrap-around services that our team provides each day.

To be eligible, individuals must be currently homeless AND:

  • Be living with HIV OR
  • Be age 55+ and require assistance with one or more Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL). This includes independent living skills (e.g. house cleaning, home maintenance, shopping, meal preparation, etc) and managing finances and benefits (e.g. budgeting, paying bills, benefit and insurance enrollment). Learn more about eligibility requirements here.

Through funding made available by Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative (ESSHI), Trillium Health staff will deliver onsite supportive services designed to keep individuals living independently in their homes and communities. In partnership with other community based programs, Housing Coordinators will assess each participant’s needs and develop an individualized service plan to support them in maintaining their housing stability and overall health/well-being. Participants will also have access to group and individualized education sessions, peer support, training in IADLs, and other wrap around services to support their needs.

“As a Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike and Ryan White Clinic, Trillium Health is dedicated to promoting health equity and providing healthcare to the most vulnerable members of our community," said Andrea DeMeo, President and CEO of Trillium Health. "We know that housing is an important social determinant of health – you cannot heal, safely store your medicine, adhere to medication regimes, or ensure regular visits to your primary care physician if you don’t have housing security. Through a New York State Empire Housing Grant, Trillium Health provides subsidies to ensure housing for people experiencing homelessness, and connects residents to all aspects of physical, social, and emotional health – including comprehensive primary care and gynecological care; HIV treatment and prevention; Hepatitis C testing and treatment; STI testing and treatment; behavioral health; mental health; support groups; insurance navigation; transportation; access to needed food support; and more. We’re grateful for the opportunity to expand our services in the city and to promote health equity in Rochester.”

About Trillium Health

Trillium Health, a Community Health Center, provides extraordinary care for all, including LGBTQ+ health, ensuring equitable, judgement-free and affordable care. We believe that everyone who walks through our doors deserves high-quality healthcare, regardless of income, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, or ethnicity. Learn more at https://www.trilliumhealth.org/.

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