The NAHC staff, board, and members would
like to express our greatest sympathy for those affected by the
tragedy of Hurricane Katrina. We thank all of those from
across the country working so hard to bring relief to the area and
assistance to the victims of this disaster.
In particular, NAHC is concerned with how
the devastation in the Gulf Coast region is affecting those living
with HIV/AIDS, for whom access to stable housing is so critical.
Experts estimate that there were
21,062 people living with
HIV/AIDS residing in areas affected by Katrina in Louisiana,
Mississippi, and Alabama. This page provides links to
online resources from both public and private organizations and
lists what NAHC members are doing to assist PLWHA in the region.
Federal Resource Links -
Private Organizations -
Articles and Information -
What are NAHC Members Doing? -
FEMA's Katrina Information Page.
here to go directly to FEMA's page which allows you
to register for aid online.
You can also register for assistance
by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).
here to visit FEMA's basic assistance site
(including assistance for finding shelter and/or housing).
HUD's Katrina Resource Page
to read HUD's PowerPoint about their responses and programs,
"HUD Disaster Relief: Hurricane Katrina."
Click here to read about "HUD's
Response to Hurricane Katrina and Rita."
HUD has also established a single
toll-free housing hotline to help disaster victims with all
housing concerns: 1-888-297-8685, Assistance
available from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. CDT, seven days a week.
Transitional Housing Assistance Programs for Katrina Evacuees:
New assistance programs through HUD and the Department of
Homeland Security announced on 9/23. FEMA's program,
called the Individual and Household Assistance Program (IHP),
will provide assistance payments for displaced renters and
homeowners. HUD's program, the
Housing Assistance Program (KDHAP),
serves those not eligible for IHP, who were receiving HUD
assistance or living in Public Housing, or were previously
Click here to read a detailed
description of the programs (also referred to as the White
Click here to read the press
Click here to read a
description of the programs in the National Low Income Housing
Coalition's Memo to Members (9/23/05).
Click here to view a
side-by-side comparison of the IHP and KDHAP programs from
the Low Income Housing Coalition.
KDHAP Special Needs Program (KDHAP-SN):
In early December, HUD announced the unveiling of a new
KDHAP program specifically designed to "provide
assistance to persons who were living in the Hurricane Katrina
Presidential Disaster Declaration areas in Louisiana,
Mississippi or Alabama and were sleeping on the streets
or other places not meant for human habitation or residing in
emergency shelters, transitional housing or in housing assisted
by one of three HUD programs (Supportive Housing Program-PH,
Shelter Plus Care, HOPWA) between August 21-28, 2005.
Phone or email questions to:
(include contact name, phone, city and state).
Resources/Information from Private Organizations
NAHC Members Doing?
NAHC members have been working tirelessly to extend support to the
victims of Hurricane Katrina. In an effort to demonstrate the
housing need for PLWHA and to disseminate best practices, we are
listing testimonies from member groups about their response to the
disaster. If your organization has information or stories to
share, please email us at
Executive Director of
AIDS Services of Dallas and NAHC Board Member
estimated to have approximately 25,000 Katrina evacuees. AIDS
Services of Dallas (ASD) is currently providing its housing and
support services to 173 men, women and children. All household
units are presently occupied. More than 283 are on the agency’s
waiting list. One of the agency’s two sub-acute units accepted a
referral from a social worker in Alexandria, LA who was
assessing a NOLA evacuee with 2 CD4 cells. He was flown to
Dallas on September 12 and will be triaged shortly at Parkland
Memorial Hospital AIDS Clinic. ASD has instructed its outside
property managers at their affordable housing developments in
Ft. Worth (2 complexes comprising 464 units, and Irving (72
units); and its senior projects in Mesquite (200 units) and
Plano (250 units) to make all vacant units available to Katrina
Dr. A. Gene Copello, Executive
The AIDS Institute and NAHC
The AIDS Institute has established an emergency fund to assist
people living with HIV/AIDS that have been impacted by Hurricane
Assistance for HIV/AIDS
will provide funds to agencies providing treatment and care to
people living with HIV/AIDS who have been evacuated from
Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi due to Hurricane Katrina.
The emphasis is on agencies serving large numbers of evacuees
and can release funds quickly to assist clients in meeting their
immediate basic needs and then assist in supporting other
medical and social support needs. Every dollar donated to
Assistance for HIV/AIDS
will go directly to client assistance. We hope you can join
Donate - Katrina Assistance for HIV/AIDS
to make your secure donation. Make sure you designate your
Assistance for HIV/AIDS.
Lynne Cooper, President of
Doorways Interfaith AIDS Residence
and NAHC Board Member
St. Louis, MO
serves about 450 clients per month through subsidy programs, its
six apartment buildings, and a 36 bed 24 hour care facility. We
have reserved 2 private rooms with baths at the 24 hour care
facility—at any given time there may be more available. We have
had several offers from board members and others willing to
welcome people, couples, small families in their private homes,
especially young gays and transgendered folks who may not fare
well in a shelter. We are also in touch with the local MCC and
may be able to come up with other options. Doorways staff
and residents in the 24 hour care facility have raised $3550 for
hurricane relief. Thank you to all who have helped.
Housing Works, Inc. and
NAHC Board Member
Housing Works is prepared to provide housing, health care, and
other services for up to 24 persons living with AIDS/HIV and
their households on either a temporary or permanent basis.
We are already in the process of resettling one family of seven
from New Orleans.
Works is also collecting new items including toiletries,
socks, underwear, bedding, hygiene products, condoms, baby
clothes, disposable diapers and other goods that we will be
delivering to providers in Jackson, Mississippi to be
distributed to persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families
throughout the area impacted by Katrina. For
contact Housing Works, Inc. at
Howard Rogers, Executive Director
Alamo Area Resource Center
San Antonio, TX
has welcomed over 13,500 evacuees from Hurricane Katrina. Since
the Alamo Area
Resource Center is co-located with the county’s
medical clinic for persons with HIV, we have received the
majority of referrals and walk-in clients that are seeking
services beyond medical care. AARC has served over 40
individuals, with additional individuals and families contacting
us as each day unfolds. Through our Housing Works Program, we
have assisted seven families in their housing search and have
thus far placed three families in housing with emergency rental
assistance, reduced rents, and waived application fees and
deposits. Case managers continue to provide food, clothing,
transportation, and to facilitate access to a variety of other
supportive services. While we continue to see new faces each
day, those who have secured housing and other basic needs are
now accessing our mental health services, primarily to deal with
anxiety, depression, and psychotropic medication needs. Many of
the evacuees have expressed a desire to remain in San Antonio
indefinitely, so we are anticipating an on-going relationship
Cannon, Vice President/COO of
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Broward House is a non-profit
housing and social services agency. The organization's
Assisted Living Facility in Ft. Lauderdale has announced that
they can take up to 8 adults with HIV who may need assisted
living. Contact Broward House at (954) 522-4749 for more
Executive Director of
Positive Images Enterprises, Inc.
Oakland Park, FL
Positive Images has a few
thousand condoms that can be shipped to organizations providing
services to people living with HIV/AIDS affected by Katrina.
Organizations would need to pay for shipping. Contact
Positive Images at
(954) 484-1824 for more information.
Aaron Riley, Executive Director
Columbus AIDS Task Force and NAHC Board Member
The Columbus AIDS Task Force (CATF) joins with other
Cleveland ASO’s in supporting the Montrose Clinic,
Houston’s largest ASO which is providing services to
CATF is joining up with the Association of Nurses in
AIDS Care, the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland, the
Ohio AIDS Coalition, Planned Parenthood of Greater
Cleveland, the Dayton-based AIDS Resource Center Ohio,
the Community AIDS Network of Akron, Violet’s Cupboard
of Akron, the Lesbian/Gay Community Service Center of
Greater Cleveland and AIDS Volunteers of Cincinnati to
collect donations to send to The Montrose Clinic.
The Montrose Clinic is Houston’s largest ASO and the one
who has reached out to serve the many evacuees who have
found themselves without the services agencies like ours
If you were thinking about doing something already and
would like to make a donation, please make your check
payable to: The Montrose Clinic and drop it off or mail
it by September 19, 2005 to Rick Harrison, Director of
Institutional Giving, CATF, 1751 E. Long St. Columbus,
OH 43203. Know that every little bit helps and that
there is no such thing as too small a donation. For
additional information or to make a donation by credit
card on behalf of CATF go to their website at: