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4/26/11 - NYC AIDS Fund Gives $1.3 Million to Stop the Spread of HIV/AIDS and Improve Care for Those with the Disease

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NYC AIDS Fund Gives $1.3 Million to Stop the Spread of HIV/AIDS, and Improve Care for Those with the Disease


New York, April 26 – The New York City AIDS Fund in The New York Community Trust announced grants to 26 City organizations.  

“Research shows that people living with AIDS taking medications to control their illness are far less likely to spread HIV,” says Len McNally, chairman of the AIDS Fund and program director for health and people with special needs at The Trust. “With our multi-pronged approach of simultaneously funding improvements in policy, treatment, and organizational management, we can control the spread of a disease that once ravaged our city and improve the lives of those infected.”

The fashion industry has been one of the biggest supporters of The AIDS Fund. “The CFDA, with our partner Vogue Magazine, remains committed to supporting the NYC AIDS Fund through the CFDA-Vogue Initiative. We launched the initiative in 1990 to raise money and awareness for the burgeoning HIV/AIDS crisis, which hit the fashion industry particularly hard. It remains a key priority for our industry,” says Steven Kolb, executive director of CDFA. “Over the last two decades we have raised $20 million for the Fund through the now iconic 7th on Sale shopping galas and continue to do so with the annual Fashion’s Night Out retail events and merchandise sales.”

ADVOCACY AND PUBLIC POLICY                         
  • $50,000 to Asian & Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS, to help prepare AIDS service organizations to become federally qualified health centers.
  • $30,000 to Correctional Association of New York, to monitor and improve health care for inmates with HIV/AIDS in New York State prisons.
  • $40,000 to Harm Reduction Coalition, to increase availability of clean syringes at community health centers and drug treatment programs.
  • $30,000 to Legal Action Center of the City of New York, to monitor implementation of new HIV-testing regulations, and to educate policymakers about the needs of women with the disease and those who are at high risk of getting it.
  • $30,000 to New York City AIDS Housing Network, to educate policymakers about the benefits of a 30 percent rent cap for low-income New Yorkers with HIV/AIDS.

PREVENTION                            
  • $70,000 to Bronx AIDS Services, for an HIV-prevention program for young men who have sex with men.
  • $38,000 to Child Center of New York, for a peer-led HIV-prevention program for Hispanic teenagers.
  • $70,000 to Community Health Project, for HIV prevention and care coordination for homeless LGBT youth.
  • $75,000 to Discipleship Outreach Ministries, for a peer-led HIV-prevention program for high-risk homeless individuals in Brooklyn.
  • $65,000 to Fortune Society, for an HIV-prevention and support program led by former inmates for men being discharged from State prisons.
  • $75,000 to Foundation for Research on Sexually Transmitted Diseases, for an HIV-prevention program for homeless, drug-using young men who have sex with men.
  • $65,000 to Gay Men of African Descent, for a peer-led HIV-prevention program for young black and Latino men who have sex with men.
  • $65,000 to Health and Education Alternatives for Teens, for an HIV-prevention program in Brooklyn for young black men who have sex with men.
  • $40,000 to Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center, for an HIV-prevention program for young drug users.
  • $75,000 to Red Hook Initiative, for an HIV-prevention program for minority adolescents and young adults in Brooklyn.
  • $60,000 to Voces Latinas, to expand its peer-education HIV-prevention program for poor women of color.

TESTING                                         
  • $50,000 to African Services Committee, to educate African immigrants about new State HIV-testing regulations and to get more immigrants tested.
  • $30,000 to After Hours Project, to expand a mobile HIV-testing program in central Brooklyn.
  • $40,000 to Community Health Action of Staten Island, for an HIV-testing program on Staten Island for injection drug users, African-American women, and men who have sex with men.
  • $50,000 to Floating Hospital, for HIV testing of homeless girls and young women of color.
  • $50,000 to Make the Road New York, to expand an HIV-testing program in Brooklyn and Queens.  
  • $35,000 to Muslim Women’s Institute for Research and Development, to open the City’s first HIV-testing program for the Muslim community.
  • $40,000 to Washington Heights Corner Project, to expand an HIV-education and testing program to Hamilton Heights.

MANAGEMENT IMPROVEMENT                          
  • $75,000 to Ali Forney, to build an integrated electronic database to better coordinate services for homeless LGBT youth at risk for HIV infection.
  • $50,000 to HELP/PSI, to open a primary care center in a syringe-exchange program.
  • $25,000 to Sisterhood Mobilized for AIDS/HIV Treatment and Research (SMART), to complete the agency’s integration into a larger AIDS service organization.
ABOUT THE NEW YORK CITY AIDS FUND
Since 1989, the AIDS Fund has been a local and national leader in mobilizing funding to fight the spread of the disease and help those living with it. The Fund has awarded approximately $22 million in grants to 186 nonprofits located throughout the City. Members of the Fund include the Council of Fashion Designers of America-Vogue Initiative, Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA), MAC AIDS Fund, AIDS United/Elton John AIDS Foundation, The New York Community Trust, the Paul Rapoport Foundation, and United Hospital Fund of New York.





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