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More than $360,000 to be granted to local HIV/AIDS service organizations

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego HIV Funding Collaborative announced its 2013 funding recipients this week, as it prepares to grant more than $360,000 to 10 San Diego area HIV/AIDS service organizations.

The San Diego HIV Funding Collaborative maximizes its grants through a unique partnership with AIDS Walk & Run San Diego. Funds from the Walk are combined with donations from other philanthropists and foundations to qualify for matching funds. These additional funders include Alliance Healthcare Foundation, Elton John AIDS Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, McCarthy Family Foundation, AIDS United, The Parker Foundation and the Sunshine Brooks Fund at the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation.

“We are incredibly fortunate here in San Diego to have such a truly collaborative process designed to ensure a consistency of funding to these vitally important HIV/AIDS service agencies,” said Dr. David Miles, interim executive director of the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation, which administers the HIV Funding Collaborative.

This year marked the tenth AIDS Walk & Run San Diego since the event returned to its origins at The San Diego LGBT Community Center.

“We are thrilled to recognize The San Diego LGBT Community Center and its board, staff and volunteers for their tireless work to continue to provide and produce this event,” Miles continued. “We are grateful for their efforts over the past 10 years to stabilize and revitalize this signature event and to contribute funds that mean so much to so many San Diegans impacted by HIV/AIDS.”

In addition to the AWSD funds allocated to The San Diego LGBT Community Center’s HIV/AIDS programs and services, 10 grants will be presented to local HIV/AIDS service organizations. Below is a listing of the funded organizations and their programs.

Christie's Place

Strengthening Systems: Integrated HIV/AIDS Services for Women, Children and Families
A pioneer of the family-centered model that is now considered a best practice intervention by social service organizations, Christie’s Place addresses the multiple barriers faced by HIV-positive women, children and families in accessing and remaining in care.

Family Health Centers

Strengthening Systems: The Safe Point Clean Syringe Exchange Program (CSEP)
The Safe Point San Diego CSEP will target the estimated 41,000 intravenous drug users residing in San Diego County. This program stands on the front lines of stopping the transmission of HIV and Hepatitis C in San Diego County.

Fraternity House

Prevention and Education: AIDS Caregiving Program
For the past 23 years, this program has been San Diego County’s only licensed provider of residential care homes for men and women living with HIV/AIDS.

Mama's Kitchen

Care and Treatment: AIDS Nutrition Program
This program targets San Diego County residents who are struggling with AIDS-related disabilities, or those who are HIV symptomatic, to the extent that they cannot shop or cook food.

North County Health Services

Strengthening Systems: HIV Outreach and Prevention for EISC
The NCHS Early Intervention Services Center (EISC) functions as a community “anchor point” in the continuum of HIV care targeting low-income, Latino populations, including at-risk teen and young adult populations in the northern region of San Diego County.

San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program

Care and Treatment: HIV/AIDS Enhanced Legal Services
This program is the sole free legal resource in San Diego County for Persons Living with HIV/AIDS, targeting low-income consumers who have difficulty accessing legal services through existing legal clinics.

San Diego Youth Services

Prevention and Education: Peer Education Empowerment Program (PEEP)
This program provides an effective health education and prevention model designed for high-risk youth.

San Ysidro Community Health Center

Strengthening Systems: CASA/Our Place
CASA and Our Place are SYCH’s early intervention centers that increase access to care for people living with HIV/AIDS from South Bay and Southeastern San Diego, focusing on these communities’ Latinos and African Americans, with particular emphasis on men who have sex with men.

Vista Community Clinic

Strengthening Systems: VCC HIV Linkage Coordination
The Linkage to Care program ensures that newly identified HIV-positive community members are connected to primary and preventative care in order to improve treatment compliance, reduce risk behavior and improve quality of life.

UCSD Mother-Child-Adolescent HIV Program

Strengthening Systems: Retention Focused Case Management: Enhancing the Skills of Vulnerable Youth
The UCSD Mother-Child-Adolescent HIV Program provides comprehensive, family-centered, developmentally-appropriate, bilingual and culturally competent primary medical and HIV specialty care, integrated mental health, and case management for the highest risk perinatally and behaviorally (MSM/IDU) male and female infected youth and young adults.

About the San Diego HIV Funding Collaborative's grant process

Each year, the San Diego HIV Funding Collaborative serves in the grant-making role. Using the available data describing the needs of the San Diego HIV/AIDS community and best estimates of available funds, annual priorities are established to ensure that funds are directed to strategic areas of need and where these dollars can make the greatest impact.

Based upon the annual priorities, a competitive request for proposals is issued community-wide each year, and all local HIV/AIDS service providers are invited to apply. Proposals are then evaluated by an allocations committee of the HIV Funding Collaborative. For more information on how to participate, contact the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation at 619-291-3383.