City of Palm Springs Awards Community Development Block Grant Funding to Desert AIDS Project for Emergency Preparedness Generator Project

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January 18, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
David Brinkman, CEO
Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.)
Tel: 760-320-8955
Email:  dbrinkman@desertaidsproject.org

City of Palm Springs Awards Community Development Block Grant Funding
to Desert AIDS Project for Emergency Preparedness Generator Project

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for architectural and engineering services and costs of construction will assist healthcare agency to function in the event of power outage.

PALM SPRINGS, CA, (January 17, 2017) –  Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.) has been awarded $47,651 in Community Development Block Grant funding from the City of Palm Springs.  The nonprofit healthcare agency plans to install an emergency power generator to ensure its ability to maintain direct client services, and to preserve perishable medications and food for distribution to low-income people living with HIV/AIDS, in the event of a power outage.

The City of Palm Springs CDBG award will specifically contribute to architectural and engineering services related to installing the new generator, and to construction costs in preparation for installing the new emergency generator, including removal of an existing, outdated transformer, trenching for a new transformer, installation of new electrical components, and construction of new curbs and transformer pad.

“D.A.P. is grateful for this needed support from the City of Palm Springs,” said David Brinkman, Desert AIDS Project CEO.  “As a healthcare agency serving thousands of local residents, back-up power in case of emergency is essential.”

The City of Palm Springs receives CDBG funds annually from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Through an application process The City then allocates these funds to local community programs and projects that address the needs of low- to moderate-income individuals. Eligible activities include those needs having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community for which other funding is not available.

In addition to the funding from the City of Palm Springs for the Emergency Preparedness Generator Project, D.A.P. has been awarded $25,000 in CDBG funding from the City of Palm Desert and $60,000 from the County of Riverside Economic Development Agency.

About Desert AIDS Project

Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.) is a Federally Qualified Health Center in Palm Springs, CA offering D.A.P. Total Care – a combination of medical, dental, counseling, social services, support groups, alternative therapies, in-house pharmacy and lab, and other health and wellness services.  D.A.P.’s sexual health clinic, The DOCK, offers STD testing and treatment, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), and free HIV and HCV testing. D.A.P.’s Get Tested Coachella Valley campaign, the nation’s first region-wide HIV testing and access to care initiative, was recognized by the White House for helping to bring about an AIDS-free future.  D.A.P. is rated a “Top 20 HIV Charity” by About.com. Visit www.desertaidsproject.org, www.thedockclinic.org, and www.gettestedcoachellavalley.org to learn more.

 

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