Calcutta House provides housing and highly essential supportive health and human services for homeless individuals living with HIV/AIDS in Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley region.

Founded in 1987 by St. Teresa of Calcutta’s Brothers of Charity, Calcutta House provided a comfortable and supportive place for individuals with end-stage AIDS to spend their final months in peace at a time when no effective AIDS treatments were available. Today under lay leadership, Calcutta House operates two facilities: an 18 private bedroom complex and a 9-bedroom facility; both designed for a chronically ill population with nursing stations, and behavioral and rehabilitative care. Apartments for those able to live independently are available in an adjacent facility.

Calcutta House operates as part of PHMC's Integrated Health Services group, which comprises Specialized Health Services and Behavioral Health Services as many clients come with co-occurring primary and behavioral health conditions. It offers housing, nursing services, rehabilitative, psycho-social services and life skills and development training to homeless individuals living with HIV/AIDS. The goal is for our residents to take advantage of recovery assistance and eventually become strong enough to live on their own.

Calcutta House's round-the-clock nursing services assist residents, based on each person's needs, with daily living activities, appointments with medical providers, obtaining and administering prescribed medications, and more. The organization's social services staff includes a full-time social worker who works with residents to access needed benefits and develop a client-centered housing and treatment plan. Other staff provides nutritious meals daily and transportation to vital health care appointments.

Calcutta House is not just buildings, but a family of experienced health care professionals determined to bring dignity and compassion to the lives of men and women living with HIV/AIDS.

For more information or to make donations, please contact:
Bill Kaiser, Director
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Calcutta House
1601 W. Girard Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19130