YouthLink combines substance abuse and HIV education and awareness programs. Our focus is to help the Latino and African-American gay and transgender youth ages 18-24, with the services below in order to reduce new HIV infections, increase access to care, reduce disparities and achieve a coordinated response.
Services include but are not limited to:
· HIV Testing
· Youth Clinic (In-house and mobile clinic)
· Substance Use Counseling
· Support Groups
· Leadership Opportunities
· Special Events
· Drop In Center
The Get REAL Project
The Get Recovery Empowerment and Life Program (Get REAL), is a harm reduction, substance use support and recovery program providing 12 weeks of outpatient support and recovery for persons who may have some challenges around maintaining sobriety from alcohol or drugs. This program is open to all individuals that are in need of support. Although Get REAL is a program with APEB, you do not have to be HIV+ to participate. Get REAL offers support from trained substance use counselors who provide one-on-one support, counselor led support groups, and additional training around life skills and sobriety. See a case manager or one of our Get REAL staff to find out about enrollment.
Medical Case Management
Emergency Financial Assistance for Housing and Utilities
Long-Term and Emergency Housing Assistance
Food Pantry and Voucher Assistance
Mental Health Services
The AIDS Medi-Cal Waiaver Program (MCWP), Project HOPE, provides services designed to allow people with AIDS to remain in their homes, stabilize their health, improve their quality of life and avoid costly institutional care. Project HOPE provides comprehensive case management and direct care services at no cost to persons with HIV disease or AIDS as an alternative to nursing facility care or hospitalization. Case management incorporates a collaborative interdisciplinary team approach consisting of a nurse case manager and social work case manager who work with the client and his/her physician, family, caregiver(s), and other service providers to determine and provide needed services.
Project independence (PI) is a shallow housing rental subsidy designed to assist individuals with HIV/AIDS to remain living independently for as long as possible. In order to qualify for this service your rent must not exceed 90% of your total monthly income, and you must have a current lease under your name. Once an application is submitted, an inspection is required. The whole process can take up to 3 months before final approval is granted. The amount of rental assistance is determined based on the size of the household, the size of the unit and the combined, adjusted household income.
Shelter + Care
Shelter + Care (S+C) is a subsidized housing program for homeless individuals with HIV/AIDS and other related disorders (Substance use or mental health). You must meet the * HUD definition of homelessness at the time of applying, and have documented proof of every qualifying disability. If accepted, you pay only 30% of your monthly income towards rent. Once an application is submitted and approved, individuals go on a waiting list. the application process may take up to 2-3 months.
The Brothaz Connexion group is to educate, empower and lead local Black Brothaz within the community towards positive health outcomes by addressing sexual health and stigma.