Published on December 1st, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services (PALSS) is Awarded Over $100,000
Columbia, S.C. As PALSS commemorates thirty years of serving the needs of Midlands residents living with and affected by HIV and AIDS, the organization has been selected by national organizations to receive two very competitive grant awards.
In November, PALSS was one of only five organizations in the country chosen by ViiV Healthcare to receive more than $60,000 over the next two years, for outreach to young men who have sex with men (MSM). As part of its Positive Action MSM Youth Engagement Initiative, ViiV Healthcare will fund PALSS’ Engayge Project which uses youth to reach their peers on social and digital platforms including YouTube, dating websites and mobile apps to help increase sexual health knowledge, reduce stigma and link young MSM to care. Other grant awardees are from California, Illinois, Massachusetts, and New York.
On November 18, 2015 the M.A.C. AIDS fund presented a check for $50,000 to PALSS to assist in the delivery of permanent housing services through their Housing Opportunities for Promote Empowerment (HOPE) program. Through HOPE, PALSS assists low-income persons living with HIV in obtaining and retaining permanent housing. HOPE provides assistance for short-term rent, mortgage and utility payments to help prevent persons from becoming homeless. HOPE also manages PALSS’ emergency food pantry.
Since 1985, PALSS has assisted thousands of people living with and communities affected by HIV and AIDS in South Carolina. Services include community based HIV/STI counseling, testing, and referral services; comprehensive risk counseling services; client advocacy; support groups; education about emergency contraceptives; an emergency food pantry; and transportation assistance through targeted programs. For more information, call 803.779.7257 or log on to www.palss.org.