The HPCP began Project Silk as a CDC-funded pilot program in 2012. Community Health Services picked up the Pittsburgh-based initiative in 2015, as part of the project’s planned dissemination to other community organizations. Project Silk serves Black and Latinx young (13 to 29 years of age) men who have sex with men and transgender women through a variety of programs designed to improve participants’ health and wellbeing.
- HIV/STI testing and counseling
- Housing assistance
- Employment assistance
- Mental health services
- Help in getting medical care
- Referrals to PrEP providers
In early 2017, a new site opened in the Lehigh Valley, and in November of 2019 another site opened in Harrisburg. HPCP assisted with the program evaluation for the Lehigh Valley site during its startup period and will be providing those services for the Harrisburg site as well. For more information on those SILK projects, check out their Facebook pages: Project Silk – Lehigh Valley and GLO – Harrisburg.
For information about starting a new Project Silk initiative, you can download the Project Silk Diffusion request for applications (RFA).