Being the only facility of its kind in this particular area, there is an ever-growing waiting list for those with AIDS to be admitted, resulting in recent plans for an expansion. There are currently two locations – one is at 1600 block of Girard Avenue, and the other is on the 1200 block of North 19th Street. Residents receive their own bedroom, nursing, nutritional and psychosocial support, as well as emotional guidance through programs for drug and alcohol use. With no active family of their own, the staff of nurses, social workers, directors and volunteers plays the role of a family.
Both buildings are full to capacity with 31 residents, but there is a waiting list right now of approximately 60 people.
So now, Calcutta House is preparing to expand in North Philadelphia. There is a board that is in the process of making two new facilities.
One of these will be a personal care home, similar to the current facilities. There will be individual bedrooms, a kitchen, game room and an outside area for the residents – all are structured with the goal to help them learn to live independently.
There are also plans to open another facility exclusively for women and children. There would be apartments available to keep families together, in situations where one or both parents have AIDS.
The board plans on making a decision in regards to these new locations by 2009.