PORTLAND, Maine — A Portland organization providing housing support for people battling HIV-AIDS was awarded nearly $3.8 million in federal grant money, U.S. Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins announced last week.
“These grants offer housing, vital health care and hope to Maine households that combine to literally save lives,” U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development New England Regional Administrator Barbara Fields said in a statement. “Having stable housing can make all the difference to the health of someone living with HIV-AIDS who might otherwise be struggling to live on our streets.”
The Frannie Peabody Center was awarded the money across three federal grants aimed to support three of the center’s ongoing initiatives:
• $1.05 million was awarded toward the center’s HAVEN Initiative, which provides permanent supportive housing for people with HIV who are also dealing with what a grant announcement described as “other complex needs,” such as mental health and substance abuse disorders.
• $1.31 million was awarded toward HAVEN’s Outreach to Rural Maine Initiative, which provides rental, utility, mortgage and housing placement services to 100 qualifying households.
• $1.43 million was awarded toward HAVEN’s Outreach to Racial and Ethnic Minorities Initiative, which provides tenant-based rental assistance to 41 chronically homeless people and families with HIV-AIDS in Portland, “many of whom are immigrants or refugees.”
“A stable home environment is critical for low-income individuals and families managing complex drug therapies and potential side effects from their treatments,” Sens. Snowe and Collins said in a joint statement. “This funding will be critical as the dedicated employees and volunteers of the Frannie Peabody Center continue to provide vital services to the community, and continue to provide compassionate care for the community infected with and affected by HIV-AIDS in Maine.”