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New housing development in Las Vegas for people living with HIV

New housing development in Las Vegas for people living with HIV

By Jacquie Levy. CREATED Aug 11, 2011

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) - Aid for Aids of Nevada, also known as AFAN, cut the ribbon on a new housing development that will provide more services to people living with HIV.

Magdalena Brandon got a little emotional during the opening of AFAN's Esperanza Community. Just a few months ago she lost her only son to HIV.

"I can tell you my son felt like he was labeled, like he was alone," said Brandon.

She said her son didn't have a place like the new community where he could be around others who understood what he was going through.

"When he contracted HIV, he changed into a withdrawn person," remembers Brandon. "This would have given him the ability to feel like he was still normal.  This would have been huge for him."

AFAN said they've taken special care to create community spaces for the 20 residents who will soon call Esperanza Home. But AFAN has 4,000 clients in the Valley, and many of them are having trouble finding affordable housing in this economy.

"I've been at AFAN for 10 years, and it's one person at a time," said Jennifer Morss, the Executive Director of AFAN.  "Through this we're able to provide housing for 20, it's permanent.  Hopefully this isn't the end."

AFAN is working with the Department of Housing and Urban Development right now, but they are hoping to have clients start moving into Esperanza by the end of the month.