Lighthouse Wien is a Vienna, Austria-based non-profit homeless shelter and housing project for homeless persons with substance dependency, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and/or psychiatric disorders. The project is not subsidized. It was founded in 2003.
The project is based on an idea of Bernhard Durst in the 1990s, supported by television host Günter Tolar, Vienna’s AIDS pastor Clemens Kriz OSsT and a committee of prominent representatives of Austria’s civil society. In view of Lighthouse projects already realized in Hamburg, Basel and Zürich, Vienna should also get a housing project for people with HIV and AIDS. As he died from AIDS in March 1995, Bernhard Durst could not witness the realization of his dream.
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