New Keys to a Fresh Start
Tony Graham watched his parents struggle with drugs from a very early age and started using heroin by the time he was 11. He believes a dirty needle was the source of his HIV diagnosis many years later.
Recounting his life story, Tony says, “I’ve been in jails, institutions, psych wards … I’ve been homeless, begging and doing drugs.” However, today, Tony’s life is getting better.
He is off the street and living in the Lakeview Avenue supportive housing program. The building was financed by Enterprise Community Loan Fund. Tony attends weekend classes at a nearby community college, pursuing a commercial driver’s license and looks forward to the day when he will hold a job that pays a living wage. For now, Tony works for a local nonprofit as a driver, transporting people from soup kitchens to homeless shelters.
When asked what his happiest moment since enrolling in AIRS housing was, his answer is clear and direct: “When they gave me those keys” the keys to his own apartment at Lakeview.
- Lakeview provides 12 homes with supportive services for formerly homeless men with HIV/AIDs.
- Enterprise Community Loan Fund's $1 million loan made it possible for AIRS to purchase Lakeview.
- Enterprise Community Loan Fund has invested $8 million in Baltimore's Reservoir Hill Neighborhood.
- Enterprise has invested $800 million in communities across Maryland.
- Lakeview homes are available to people making less than 30 percent of Baltimore’s area median imcome (AMI).
- Read more about Tony and Baltimore’s Reservoir Hill neighborhood, where Lakeview Avenue is located.
- Read a detailed analysis of the change that has taken place in Reservoir Hill and the social impact Enterprise’s financing has made on the lives of residents in the neighborhood.