What We Do
The Greater Community AIDS Project is a local tax exempt charitable organization that qualifies under IRS section 501 c (3). We continue to serve the needs of those affected with HIV and AIDS in East Central Illinois as well as educate the public about HIV and AIDS
GCAP offers a variety of programs including:
Champaign House – is a 4 bedroom transitional housing facility for people living with HIV who are homeless, While in Champaign house we also offer case management to minimize barriers to permanent housing.
Food pantry – in conjunction with the Eastern Illinois Foodbank, our clients are allowed monthly shopping to access supplemental groceries. The office of the Greater Community AIDS Project also has an on-site emergency pantry to help those who are unable to make it to a regularly scheduled Foodbank appointment.
Emergency Assistance Grants – These monies are accessible through a client’s HIV case manager and can be used for such things as past due rents, utilities or medical expenses that are not covered under other programs.
Education – Staff and trained volunteers are available to speak to individuals and groups about a variety of issues related to HIV including prevention, living with HIV and caring for others that are HIV positive.
Shelter Plus Care – the Greater Community AIDS Project is proud to be a sub-recipient of the Housing and Urban Development program administered by Champaign County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) that helps to place individuals in housing while receiving intensive support services.
Despite grant-based funding cuts in the past calendar year, the Greater Community AIDS Project has provided over $31,000 in Emergency Assistance Grants to individuals in our 10 county service area. There have been over 1100 visits to the Foodbank this past year. Champaign house has had 7 individuals and their families move in and 5 move on to a more permanent housing situation.