These case studies highlight grantee successes in building capacity, reaching—and engaging—people living with HIV/AIDS, and addressing public policy issues that threaten the south.
REACH funding enables grantee to meet a critical need for low-income individuals
Southern REACH funding enables Legal Services of Southern Piedmont (LSSP) to offer free legal advice and assistance to people living with HIV. Assistance must be specifically related to clients’ HIV status, such as issues surrounding estate planning, public benefits, employment rights, confidentiality, discrimination, immigration, and standby guardianship. Additionally, eligible clients must earn less than 300% of the federal poverty level.
Southern REACH provides opportunities for the HIV community to influence policies and decisions
AIDS Alabama’s Southern REACH program is called SHAPE (Strengthening HIV/AIDS Advocacy and Policy Efforts). The central focus of SHAPE is to raise awareness about the devastating impact that HIV is having in the South, especially Alabama, and to make sure that policy and resource allocations address the needs of people living with HIV in the region.
Katrina was just an ‘explosion of misery’ and the city never really rebounded
With its Southern REACH grant, Collaborative Solutions Inc. (CSI) is improving the lives of people living with HIV in New Orleans, Louisiana. It does this by providing support for a locally based advocacy group. The Coalition of HIV/AIDS Nonprofits and Governmental Entities (CHANGE) is a formal alliance of AIDS service organizations, government agencies, and people living with HIV. CHANGE is working diligently to improve housing options, as well as access to medical care and support services, for residents living with HIV in the greater New Orleans metropolitan area.
Without Southern REACH, there would be a ‘huge unmet need’
Funding from the Southern REACH initiative has expanded the Mississippi Center for Justice’s capacity to address the impact of policy issues on people living with HIV. In turn, this effort strengthens and supports the Center’s legal work in the areas of housing and employment discrimination, as well as confidentiality rights. Funding also has enabled the Center to create the Mississippi AIDS Justice Project (co-sponsored with the Southern AIDS Coalition), which is an annual convening of area advocacy partners.