February 27, 2019 at 5:50 pm EST | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Us Helping Us wins $600,000 grant
Us Helping Us, gay news, Washington Blade
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The U.S. pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences announced this week that it has awarded the D.C. HIV/AIDS service organization Us Helping Us a $600,000 grant to expand its programs for assisting seniors with HIV.

Gilead said Us Helping Us is one of 30 organizations throughout the country to receive a total of $17.6 million in grant funds through the Gilead HIV Age Positively initiative, which aims to “enhance the lives of individuals aging with HIV.”

Us Helping Us, which is located on Georgia Avenue, N.W., focuses on HIV treatment and prevention and other health services for the African-American LGBT community.

In its announcement of the grant awardees, Gilead says Us Helping Us would carry out programs for seniors with HIV through its Silver Angel Unity Health Project, which it describes as an “innovative social change co-location model designed to address the growing complex needs” of seniors with HIV.

Among the other organizations receiving grants from Gilead were the national LGBT seniors advocacy group SAGE ($750,000), the New York-based Gay Men’s Health Crisis ($600,000), the New Orleans Advocates for GLBT Elders ($300,000), the San Francisco-based HIV advocacy and services group Shanti Project ($700,000), and the Florida- and D.C.-based AIDS Institute ($450,000).

Also receiving a grant was D.C.’s Washington Hospital Center ($700,000) for its STAR-50 patient care program that includes a wide range of “quality of life” services for seniors with HIV.

“Gilead understands science alone is not enough to help people lead longer, healthier lives,” the company said in a statement. “That’s why we work together with advocates, healthcare providers and community organizations to identify the unique challenges people aging with HIV experience and dedicate resources to maximize impact in communities across the country.”

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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