Audrey Nelson Award City of Palm Springs/Desert AIDS Project Presented by: Dale Cook, Community Development Administrator, City of Palm Springs Brande Kiel Orr, Director of Grants Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.) February 17, 2017
Who We Are • Mission: to enhance and promote the health and well-being of our community • Non-profit agency founded by volunteers in 1984 • Specialty: serving low-income people living with, affected by and at-risk for HIV/AIDS
Where We Serve • Southern California • Service area roughly the size of Massachusetts • In our immediate region, the HIV prevalence rate is twice the national average
What We Do Each year: 1) over 3,500 individuals provided direct care; 2) over 5,000 free HIV tests conducted in the community; and 3) an estimated 6,000 youth and adults engaged in education.
Under One Roof We Provide • Medical Care • Dental Care • Behavioral Healthcare • Case Management • Food Distribution • Housing Placement • Job Placement • Transportation Assistance • Home Healthcare • Wellness Programs
D.A.P.’s Award Winning Energy Efficiency Project • Our goals were to: • Reduce utility costs as high as $16,000 monthly • Eliminate expensive ongoing repairs • Allocate cost savings to support and sustain direct client services
Our Energy Efficiency Project • Innovative energy-efficient technologies to accomplish CDBG goals and provide a reliable facility for client services • Building built in early ’60s – equipment antiquated • Located in the desert, one third of the year temperatures exceed 100°F often exceeding 110°F
Project Scope • 1st: Upgraded HVAC in program years 2009-2012 • Failing rooftop air conditioning units replaced with air handlers connecting entire facility (44,372 sq. ft.) • New Furnace, Chiller and Cooling Tower
Project Scope • 2nd: Replaced an energy-inefficient, asphalt-based roof in program years 2012-2014 • Installed new single-component “elastomeric” roofing system over areas serving clients • Main entrance and lobby • Medical and dental clinics • Social services/community center wing
Project Scope • 3rd: Retrofitted with energy-efficient windows and doors in program years 2013-2015 • New dual-pane energy-efficient windows • New thermal efficient doors
Impact of Our Energy Efficiency Project • CDBG funds enabled us to realize reduced energy costs and eliminate repair costs redirecting funds to clients services
Impact of Our Energy Efficiency Project • Compared to 2010, our average monthly electric bill remains similar (~$10K) despite: • Increased rates • Using 30% more of the building • Doubled staffing and subsequent equipment usage • Open longer hours • Utilizing HVAC on weekends
Impact of Our Energy Efficiency Project • Compared to 2010: -Nearly doubled unduplicated clients served -New Programs • Hepatitis Center of Excellence • Career Building Program • Walk-In Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic • Federally Qualified Health Center • and more!
Summary • Energy efficiency goals achieved through CDBG funding increased financial resources directed toward our mission • Our project can easily be replicated by others
Audrey Nelson Award City of Palm Springs/Desert AIDS Project Dale Cook, Community Development Administrator, City of Palm Springs Dale.Cook@palmspringsca.gov or 760.323.8198 Brande Kiel Orr, Director of Grants Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.) firstname.lastname@example.org or 760.323.2118 Ext 437