T he purpose of the funding for Project CHAMPS is to improve the quality, availability, and organization of health care and support services for individuals with HIV infections and their families. Project CHAMPS goal is to develop or enhance access to a comprehensive continuum of high quality, community-based care for low-income individuals and families with HIV disease.
The Community Development Block Grant (CBDG) supports economic expansion among low- and moderate-income individuals and develops suitable housing and living environments.
CRC used the seven CBDG awards it has received to add canopies to its transportation area and renovate space for a solar and green construction institute, a thrift shop, a screen print shop and café. Through a partnership with Northwest Support Services, CRC also created employment for more than 100 people in these four enterprises, as well as through contracts with local businesses.
CDBG funds were provided by the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department and disbursed by the City of Jacksonville. The City of Jacksonville and its sub-recipient organizations, including CRC, received the John A. Sasso National Community Development Week Award in 2009 and 2011. This award recognizes the community that best accomplished the spirit of the CDBG program.