Programs

Caracole has served the HIV/AIDS community in Southwest Ohio for more than 25 years. The agency’s mission is to provide safe, affordable housing and supportive services for individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS.  For help, please call 513-761-1480.  Our confidential programs include:

TESTING

Caracole’s prevention program provides FREE, anonymous or confidential HIV and Hepatitis C (HCV) testing for the community. We conduct testing in our Northside office and throughout Hamilton County along with education and prevention services to at-risk populations. We focus our community outreach on men who have sex with men (MSM), people who inject drugs (PWID), and commercial sex workers. Caracole’s prevention program consists of:

  • Free, rapid (results in 20 minutes) anonymous HIV testing
  • Free, rapid (results in 15 minutes) confidential Hepatitis C (HCV) testing
  • One-on-one counseling services for those living with or affected by HIV/AIDS
  • Harm reduction services for people who inject drugs
  • Prevention and educational services to community groups

CASE MANAGEMENT

Free, confidential case-management services are available for anyone living with HIV/AIDS in  Hamilton, Butler, Clermont, Brown, Clinton, Warren, Highland and Adams counties in Southwest Ohio.  People of all income levels (with and without medical insurance) are welcome to these services, which include:

  • Medical case management, including help addressing needs other than HIV/AIDS
  • Substance abuse and/or mental health recovery support
  • Help accessing financial benefits or legal services
  • Individual support maintaining medical care and medication adherence

HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION  

Short-Term Rental, Utility and Mortgage Assistance (STRMU)

This program is a short-term, needs-based intervention to prevent homelessness and promote housing stability for individuals living with HIV/AIDS in Hamilton, Brown, Butler, Clermont and Warren counties.  This program helps pay for rent, utilities or mortgages for individuals during an HIV-related financial crisis.

HOUSING PROGRAMS

Caracole House

Caracole House has been offering transitional housing and case management services for homeless, low- income adults living with HIV/AIDS since 1988. The House is a four-unit apartment building that accommodates up to 11 individuals, each with a private bedroom within a three-bedroom suite. Food, linens and supplies are provided. In addition, an evening meal is prepared for community residents and food is supplied for other meals. Clients at Caracole House receive intensive case management and referral services.

Shelter Plus Care

Shelter Plus Care serves more than 250 clients, caregivers and children, making is Caracole’s largest housing program. It is a rent subsidy program offering a permanent housing solution for homeless individuals and families with an adult member living with HIV/AIDS. Caracole provides case management and supportive services to help these individuals and families find and maintain safe housing, stay together and live as independently as possible.

Permanent Supportive Housing

Permanent Supportive Housing is a rent subsidy program that serves HIV+ individuals who are considered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to be ‘unstably housed.’ Similar to Shelter Plus Care, in addition to the rental subsidy, clients in our Permanent Supportive Housing program also receive comprehensive case management and referral services.

Short- Term Rent, Mortgage and Utility Assistance (STRMU)

STRMU is a short-term, needs-based intervention to prevent homelessness and promote housing stability for individuals living with HIV/AIDS in our region. The objective is to assist HIV+ individuals with housing costs and support during HIV-related financial crises.

PHARMACY SERVICES

Our pharmacy services are convenient and confidential. Caracole contracts with PharmBlue, a mail-order pharmacy that provides HIV and non-HIV medication to enrolled clients with automatic monthly refills and a 24/7 pharmacy help center. Through this service established by the 340B Drug Pricing Program, Caracole is able to offer co-pay assistance to all clients enrolled in our pharmacy services.