Non­profit THRIVE SS opens home for HIV-pos­i­tive At­lantans

Tran­si­tional house to pro­vide safe res­i­dence for black gay men, transwomen

GA Voice - - Georgianews -

By DAL­LAS ANNE DUN­CAN

ddun­can@the­gavoice.com

Daniel Drif­fin’s face has a spe­cial glow to it th­ese days.

That’s be­cause he, Dwain Bridges and Larry Walker are now East Point home­own­ers — but the house isn’t for them. It’s for HIV-pos­i­tive men and transwomen who need a place to get back on their feet.

“One of the de­ter­mi­nants of whether or not some­one will be healthy [liv­ing with HIV] is the de­ter­mi­nant of safe and ad­e­quate hous­ing. From the be­gin­ning of the or­ga­ni­za­tion, we al­ways wanted to be able to pro­vide black gay men, or even trans­gen­der women, a safe place should they need tem­po­rary hous­ing,” Drif­fin said.

Drif­fin, Bridges and Walker co-founded THRIVE SS, which stands for Trans­form­ing HIV Re­sent­ment Into Vic­to­ries Ever­last­ing Sup­port Ser­vices, in 2015. It’s an At­lanta non­profit geared to­ward help­ing black gay men with HIV get the health care they need. THRIVE House is the lat­est in­no­va­tion in their mis­sion.

Elim­i­nat­ing a bar­rier to treat­ment

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