Earlier this week on July 5, the Baltimore Sun reported that Baltimore’s Health Care for Homeless Inc. was granted $1.26 million in federal funding in order to provide housing assistance and support services to low-income individuals with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and their families. Let’s discuss how we can expect Baltimore to benefit from this funding.
HIV Assistance in Baltimore: Why it Matters
In early 2015, ABC news reported that there are 500 new cases of HIV/AIDS reported in Baltimore every year. According to the report, “It (HIV/AIDS) is an epidemic that impacts 13,000 people in the city. African Americans constitute about 62 percent of the population in Baltimore, but account for about 82 percent of people who are HIV positive in the city.”
Additionally, last year on July 4th, the Baltimore Sun reported that HIV cases among young people in Maryland were on a serious rise. They noted, “The greatest increases in infection rates are among black gay men, who may also struggle with low self-esteem, lack of family support, poverty and a health system in which they don’t feel comfortable getting care.” It is essential that these young people and their families feel that they have somewhere to turn despite social stigma and and financial distress.
Health Care for the Homeless and Project PLASE: How it Helps
The $1.26 million federal grant comes to Health Care for the Homeless, Inc. as part of a $24 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. That $24 million HUD grant is from the federal Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program. The purpose of this grant is to renew 25 local programs that will benefit 1,200 people nationwide!
According to the Baltimore Sun, “In Maryland, the grant will be used to provide permanent housing assistance to medically fragile, homeless people with HIV. The funding will support eight households in a facility or rental units and provide additional supportive services will be provided to 60 households.” This project is especially important to My Brother’s Keeper because it is a collaborative effort with the Baltimore City Department of Social Services and Project PLASE, who we work closely with to provide housing assistance and services to those in need.
Ready to Make a Difference? Talk to My Brother’s Keeper About Helping
To learn more about how to help, or to find out more about our services including hot meal programs, employment assistance, health services and identifying possible emergency shelter, call MBK today at 410-644-3194. You can also follow our official MBK page on Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook, to stay up to date on our center’s progress and upcoming events in the community.