(Long Island, NY) – Options for Community Living, Inc. is pleased to announce that they have received a $25,000 grant from the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund. Options has developed programs that provide housing assistance and long-term rental housing for individuals and families in response to the critical need for affordable housing for persons with HIV/AIDS.
Options currently operates 68 units across Long Island that provide safe, affordable housing to Long Islanders who were formerly homeless or inadequately housed. Options requested program support from the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund to supplement funding for housing case management services. These services are vital to evaluate home safety; assist tenants with budgeting and to provide referrals for health services as needed.
The mission of the M·A·C AIDS Fund is to serve all people affected by HIV and AIDS. Their goal is: “to partner with the bold, the visionary and the brave who confront the epidemic in countries and communities where people are most neglected, off the radar and at highest risk. M A C funds innovative programs that deal directly with the most marginalized, stigmatized and under-heard victims.”
Yolanda Robano-Gross, executive director, Options for Community Living, Inc., is grateful for the M·A·C AIDS Fund support. “Our housing program has allowed us to keep families together and to ensure that individuals have safe, affordable housing where they can flourish. This generous award from the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund will assist greatly as we carry out our mission,” she stated.