Millions coming to Norfolk for HIV relief efforts

NORFOLK – U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine on Friday announced $5,788,425 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support HIV relief efforts here.

The goal of the project is to enhance access to effective, cost efficient, community-based care for low-income individuals and families with HIV, according to Warner’s and Kaine’s offices.

“We are pleased to announce federal funding to help those with HIV in Norfolk get the care they deserve,” Warner and Kaine said in a joint statement.

The funding was awarded through HHS’s HIV Emergency Relief Project Grant program.

The grant program provides funding to communities that have been the most affected by the HIV epidemic in order to improve access to comprehensive care and increase support for minority populations.

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John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.