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Project News | June 17, 2021

Project Homeless Connect: Managed Homeless Camping Facility Coming To Hillsboro in June

Project Homeless Connect will supervise Hillsboro, Oregon’s first-ever managed camping facility for unhoused people on city-owned property. The camp, located on the outskirts of Hillsboro, is expected to open in mid-June and remain open until winter shelters are available. At the camp, thirty residents will have access to sanitary resources like portable bathrooms and handwashing stations, platform tents, and sleeping bags.

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El/La Para Translatinas: Pilot Program Would Provide Basic Income to Aid San Francisco’s Transgender Community

San Francisco’s Mayor, London Breed, is piloting a program that will provide monthly guaranteed income to transgender people. Transgender people were disproportionately impacted by the pandemic and often do not qualify, for reasons like residential status, for other forms of relief. At the height of the pandemic, El/La Para Translatinas (ELPT) helped the transgender community by giving out $100 Visa cards but knew it wasn’t enough. Executive Director, Nicole Santamaria, reports ELPT hopes to get involved making the pilot program a permanent solution for the transgender community.

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Jewish Multiracial Network: Black Orthodox Jews Carve Out Their Own Space

Chava Shervington, board member and former president of the Jewish Multiracial Network, has cofounded a group called Kamochah. Kamochah is the first formal group to cater to Black Jews who identify as Orthodox. In the past, conversations among Black Orthodox Jews took place informally but the death of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter protests led to a nationwide racial awakening that inspired Chava and her partners to create this formal safe space for conversations among Black Orthodox Jews.

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East Bay Getting to Zero: New Research Collaboration Guide

During the pandemic, those afflicted by HIV shifted their concern to not being infected by COVID-19. HIV screenings and viral load screenings fell significantly. The number of screenings is bouncing back but has not reach baseline. The goal of East Bay Getting to Zero (EBGTZ) and SF Getting to Zero is no longer about getting to zero; it’s about reducing the incidence of HIV by 2025. Dr. Sophy Wong of EBGTZ discusses their summer event, “East Bae Love,” a HIV awareness and prevention program.

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