Month: March 2018

Charlotte making progress on new HIV prevention program

There’s great news for Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, and especially for low-income residents most at-risk for new HIV diagnoses.

Mecklenburg County has announced a new pilot program to support the use of PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) for low-income patients.

From the Charlotte Observer:

With new HIV infections believed to be increasing, Mecklenburg County’s Health Department is launching a pilot program to give 320 high-risk people a drug designed to reduce the risk of getting the virus.

The county is partnering with drug-maker Gilead, which will distribute daily doses of Truvada to people believed to be at risk of contracting HIV. While Gilead will cover the drug’s cost, the county will spend $233,000 over six months to pay for the clinic visits and testing for people participating in the trial.

“We’re trying to get it off the ground as fast as we can,” said county Health Director Gibbie Harris.

Read more about the new program at the Charlotte Observer…

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Learn more about how Hearts Beat as One Foundation is supporting HIV prevention work…

Are Tiny Homes the key to ending homelessness?

Local business owner and philanthropist Billy Maddalon penned a commentary in the Charlotte Observer recently, zeroing in on the city’s affordable housing crisis and a possible solution: Tiny Homes.

But there’s a problem. Some in the community are worried about how tiny homes will affect property values.

Cue Maddalon:

The math we do in our heads often gets skewed by irrational assumptions. Euclid’s first common notion in his ancient book of mechanical law says, “Things which are equal to the same things are equal to each other.” In other words, if A = B and B = C then A = C. For purposes of this conversation, if small houses = small incomes and small incomes = undesirables, then small houses = undesirables.

It is true. People equate poverty with a certain “undesirableness.” It’s an unfortunate reality.

But tiny home advocates really are on to something, not only here in Charlotte, but elsewhere, too.

Across the nation, those working to end homelessness have found tiny homes to be the perfect solution. YES! Magazine profiled just a few of those nascent projects a few years ago. Click here to read more about them.

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Learn more about how Hearts Beat as One Foundation is working to support our neighbors experiencing homelessness.


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