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Health. Equity. Hope.

About Positively Living

The Positively Living story begins in May 1996 with a dream and a few dedicated individuals determined to make that dream a reality. The dream was to organize a day center for East Tennesseans living with HIV/AIDS. The founders were determined to bring dignity, respect, and emotional support to those facing the debilitating effects of HIV/AIDS. Their original vision evolved into Positively Living, which was brought to life with a $25,000 start-up grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and was formally founded in July 1997.

In 2003, Positively Living acquired its current East Fifth Avenue facility. The 16,000-square-foot building was purchased with assistance from the City of Knoxville, Knox County, Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Today, Positively Living operates as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit agency providing case management, supportive housing, food service, and mental health/addiction counseling to individuals who are homeless; mentally ill; addicted to drugs, alcohol, or other substances; and/or living with HIV/AIDS.

Positively Living Annual Report