September 27, 2011

Peabody Center getting $930K for housing plan

From staff reports

PORTLAND — The Frannie Peabody Center is receiving a $930,000 grant award to create a housing plan for Mainers wtih HIV and AIDS.

The service organization will use the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant to work in collaboration with the Portland, Sanford and Bangor housing authorities. They will create a statewide housing plan that integrates mainstream housing, medical and case management services for individuals with HIV and AIDS.

The grant through HUD's Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program will support a three-year demonstration project.

"Housing can often be a life-saving factor in the lives of people with HIV/AIDS," Jennifer Putnam, director of programs at the Frannie Peabody Center, said in a statement. "And to have the opportunity to remove some of the barriers is a remarkable achievement for people living with HIV/AIDS in Maine.

The Frannie Peabody Center is one of seven nationwide recipients for the award. It has offices in Cumberland and York counties and serves more than 400 people with HIV or AIDS.

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