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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.   




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Federal Resources

  • FEMA's Katrina Information Page.  

    •  Click 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).

    •  Click here to visit FEMA's basic assistance site (including assistance for finding shelter and/or housing).


  • HUD's Katrina Resource Page

    • Click here 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 Katrina Disaster Housing Assistance Program (KDHAP), serves those not eligible for IHP, who were receiving HUD assistance or living in Public Housing, or were previously homeless.

    • Click here to read a detailed description of the programs (also referred to as the White Paper).

    • Click here to read the press release (9/23/05).

    • 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.

  • Click here to visit HUD's KDHAP-SN page with links to important documents for providers and consumers (1/3/05)

  • Click here to read HUD's KDHAP-SN Fact Sheet (12/5/05)

Phone or email questions to: 1-866-373-9509 or kdhapspecialneeds@hud.gov  (include contact name, phone, city and state).



Resources/Information from Private Organizations




Articles and Information



What Are NAHC Members Doing?

Many 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 nahc@nationalaidshousing.org

Don Maison, Executive Director of AIDS Services of Dallas and NAHC Board Member
Dallas, TX

Dallas is 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 evacuees.

Dr. A. Gene Copello, Executive Director of The AIDS Institute and NAHC Board Member
Tampa, FL

The AIDS Institute has established an emergency fund to assist people living with HIV/AIDS that have been impacted by Hurricane Katrina. Katrina 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 Katrina Assistance for HIV/AIDS will go directly to client assistance.  We hope you can join this effort.  Go to: Donate - Katrina Assistance for HIV/AIDS to make your secure donation.  Make sure you designate your donation to: Katrina Assistance for HIV/AIDS.

Lynne Cooper, President of Doorways Interfaith AIDS Residence and NAHC Board Member
St. Louis, MO

Doorways 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.

Charles King, President/CEO of Housing Works, Inc. and NAHC Board Member
Brooklyn, NY

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.  Housing 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 more information, please contact Housing Works, Inc. at (347) 473-7400. 

Howard Rogers, Executive Director of the Alamo Area Resource Center
San Antonio, TX

San Antonio 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 with them.

Kathleen Cannon, Vice President/COO of Broward House
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 information.

Georgia Foster, 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 of the Columbus AIDS Task Force and NAHC Board Member
Columbus, OH

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 many displacees.

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 provides. 

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: www.montroseclinic.org.





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