2016 Grant Funding
The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program works with cities, states, and local community-based organizations to provide services to an estimated 536,000 people each year who do not have sufficient health care coverage or financial resources to cope with HIV disease. The majority of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program funds support primary medical care and essential support services.
Ryan White Part B funding is critical to PWA. It allows us to ensure our clients are getting the needs met. Our funding includes the following:
Core Services: Outpatient/Ambulatory, Oral Health, Medical Nutrition, Medical Case Management
Non-Core Services: Emergency Financial Assistance, Medical Transportation, Psychosocial Support, Non-Medical Case Management
Clients participate in a comprehensive assessment of their needs and together, we determine how best to help them.
Positive Wellness Alliance is pleased to report that we have been awarded a contract again for 2016-2017 from the State of North Carolina through the NC Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health for HOPWA – Housing Opportunities for persons with AIDS Program. This program was established by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to address the specific housing needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families. Since the beginning of the HOPWA program in 1992, the Federal government has made available over $2.3 billion HOPWA funds to support community efforts to create and operate HIV/AIDS housing initiatives.
Our scope of work will impact lives in Davidson, Davie, Forsyth Counties. We will provide HOPWA vouchers – tenant based rental assistance (TBRA) and short term rent, mortgage and utility (STRMU) emergency assistance. Both programs will positively impact clients and their families. This funding also allows us to provide food for our clients in Davidson County through a local food pantry, transportation for clients who are seeking jobs or finding financial support, and partially funds our Life Skills Management classes. These classes will help our clients with budgeting, healthy eating on a budget, how to find suitable, affordable housing, being a responsible renter, and searching for and acquiring a job.
We also have HOPWA funding through Carolinas CARE Partnership in Charlotte. This funding allows us to provide HOPWA vouchers – tenant based rental assistance (TBRA) and short term rent, mortgage and utility (STRMU) emergency assistance in Rowan and Iredell Counties.
We look forward to working with clients and agencies in our region as we strive to make a positive difference in many lives!
Positive Wellness Alliance has received two continuation grants to help sustain our Confidential HIV/AIDS Medical Case Management! Medical Case Management services include trained staff that provide coordination of medical, dental, legal, mental health, spiritual, social, financial, and home health services. In order to maintain these services, Positive Wellness Alliance relies on the granting of funds by external resources.
In July 2016 we received a $5,000 grant from The Adam Foundation, Inc. The Adam Foundation promotes the identity, strength, and well-being of the local LGBT community and supports organizations serving persons living with HIV/AIDS. This award focuses on our HIV Medical Case Management program, our Women’s support group and Life Skills Management classes for our clients. .
In August 2015, we received $5,000 from Broadway Cares. This ongoing funding helps us extend our funding to assist clients with rent, utility, transportation expenses. Often times our funding through Ryan White and HOPWA are exhausted, cannot be used for deposits to get our clients into stable housing, or fall outside the parameters for reimbursement. Broadway Cares funds allow us to better treat the “whole client” to ensure basic living needs are met.
Positive Wellness Alliance would like to take this opportunity to thank The Adam Foundation and Broadway Cares for the provision of funds which will ultimately impact persons infected with HIV/AIDS. With their generous contributions, Positive Wellness Alliance will continue to meet the needs of our current and future clients. Thank you!
Positive Wellness Alliance is grateful for the 2015 allocation of $22,279.00 from United Way of Davidson County. We appreciate the hard work of United Way panel members in distributing monies to its partner agencies.
The United Way has three funding priorities – all important to our clients and their families:
- Food, shelter, clothing, and basic medical needs – our main focus is to ensure that clients are in and have access to medical care. We assist on an emergency basis with rent, utilities, mortgages, transportation and medication.
- “At-risk” children/youth/older adults – our clients range in age from 6 years old to 67 years old. Approximately one-third of our clients have children. By providing assistance to ensure basic living needs are met, we have the potential to impact over 350 people – clients, children, family members.
- Families in crisis – mental health issues, abuse, substance abuse, intimate partner violence impact currently or have impacted about 50% of our clients.
The United Way bases their grant award on recommendations from the panel.
In 2015, the panel’s funding rationale included:
- The presentation was very well prepared and communicated.
- The Executive Director articulated an overview of PWA with great knowledge and passion.
- Board Members actively engage in the continued success of the organization.
- The need for the programs is documented in measurable terms to meet human needs within Davidson County.
The panel’s recommendations included:
- Continue to work on community awareness
- Continue to provide media information concerning the agency programs and activities
In August 2015 a request offer of $1,000 was made to the SunTrust Foundation Grant Program. This funding will provide aid to support the Life Skills Management Program for Clients in our 6 covered counties, as well as enhance the Medical Case Management Program. SunTrust awarded us with a grant of $3,000 June 2016.
Positive Wellness Alliance will continue fundraising efforts, grant writing, and alternative ways to raise funds as well as awareness. Thanks to all those who donate to United Way of Davidson County. Your support helps keep non-profit organizations operating for the greater good of our community.