We are pleased to announce that in October 2017, Fenway Health was awarded three new federal grants that will help us strengthen and expand services to some of the most vulnerable populations in our community.
SAMHSA has awarded Fenway Health a 5-year grant, with a total value of $1 million, to expand HIV and substance abuse prevention outreach and services to young Latino men who have sex with men. This demographic is among those with highest rates of newly diagnosed HIV infection today. The grant will enable Fenway Health to hire additional bicultural staff and develop new Spanish-language materials to reach those most in need. Maria Cabrera, LICSW, has been hired to manage the project, under the direction of Michelle Bordeu, Associate VP of Programs.
HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau has awarded Fenway Health a 3-year grant, with a total value of $900,000, to evaluate the health benefits of providing coordinated housing, employment and case management services to low income people living with HIV. Under the project, case managers at Fenway Health and AIDS Action Committee will provide more in-depth assessment of clients’ housing and employment-related needs and goals, and triage them to the housing services of AIDS Action Committee and the employment services at JVS Inc, one of the region’s largest providers of employment and career services to unemployed and underemployed individuals. Kristen Lascoe, Assistant Director of Housing Services, will manage the project, under the direction of Michelle Bordeu, Associate VP of Programs.
The Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women has awarded Fenway Health a 3-year grant, with a total value of $375,000, to provide legal services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, with a focus on LGBTQ survivors served by Fenway Health’s Violence Recovery Program and other local service providers. The program will expand the staffing and scope of services provided by Fenway Health and AIDS Action Committee’s existing team of attorneys, who have long provided legal services for those living with or at risk of HIV/AIDS, under the direction of Andrew Musgrave, Senior Director of Legal Services and Special Projects.
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