AFH offices are open today for regular hours.
Help AFH Use Southern Know-How to Defeat HIV/AIDS
The narrative of HIV/AIDS in the Southern states tells us that to reduce drastically transmission rates a different approach is needed, especially if we want Houston to become the first Southern city to reduce transmissions to zero. The Deep South states (including Texas) have had the highest HIV and AIDS diagnosis rates and numbers in the US; accounting for 52% of undiagnosed HIV infections and 51% of all HIV diagnoses despite representing little more than only 37% of the US population. Lastly, the Deep South region has the highest rates of new HIV diagnoses of any U.S. region. To achieve better outcomes requires AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc. to use our unique brand of Southern Know-How.
Southern Know-How means knowing the community and how stigma, health disparities, and day-to-day concerns stop individuals from being tested. It also requires knowing what it takes to get individuals through the front door.
Take a few minutes and read our 2017 Annual Report. The individual stories will tell you more about AFH’s know how and how AFH is changing the story of HIV/AIDS in the south. Then consider making a donation to help end HIV/AIDS in our community.
Music CD Benefits Camp Hope!
Musical artist and former Camp Hope counselor Darrin Scallan has announced that all proceeds from his recently released CD will benefit Camp Hope! The CD is called From the Heart, and features songs such as The Rose, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, and Avé Maria. All are beautiful making this CD the perfect Christmas gift! The website for the CD features samples of each song.
Darrin has a long history as a singer and performed with a chamber music group and a church choir when he lived in Houston. He moved from Houston to Dallas some years ago where he performed with the Turtle Creek Chorale and then to Jacksonville, Florida, where he sang with the Jacksonville Men's Chorus. After meeting his husband Terrence in Jacksonville, the couple moved to New Jersey where they live today. Given the distance, Darrin can no longer volunteer for camp, but he still wanted to do something to help the youth who attend Camp Hope each summer. On the About page of the website, Darrin notes "With all the budget cuts and financial stress, this camp can use all the help they can receive."
The cost for each CD is $20. After costs, Camp Hope will receive $5.55 for each CD sold. Darrin will also accept additional donations at the time of purchase and is happy to provide additional information. You can contact him via email at email@example.com. Quantities of the CD are limited, so purchase yours today!
AFH is deeply grateful to Darrin for benefiting Camp Hope and helping raise awareness of the plight of children living with HIV through his wonderful music!
AFH Receives Grant from Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
AFH is proud to announce funding from the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund created by Mayor Turner and Harris County Judge Emmett through @greaterhoucf. Funds will provide housing assessment, case management, referral, access to Stone Soup Food Pantry.
The funds from this grant are helping AFH provide those affected by the storm with expanded access to the Stone Soup Food Kitchen, a Computer Resource Center with Internet access and printing capability, and housing assistance request processing.
To learn more about the grant program, use the #HurricaneHarveyReliefFund hashtag to search social media.
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Anyone needing housing assistance, regardless of HIV status, can apply at AIDS Foundation Houston. As a coordinated access point for the Houston Coalition for the Homeless, AFH can process applications for all major housing programs in the city of Houston. Housing for HIV+ applicants will be provided by AFH. Housing for HIV- applicants will be provided by other Houston-area housing agencies.
Applications are currently being accepted at AFH offices at 6260 Westpark Dr., Suite 100, Houston, TX 77057, Monday-Friday from 10 AM to 3 PM.
COMPUTER RESOURCE CENTER
AFH has opened a free Computer Resource Center for anyone affected by Hurricane Harvey who needs Internet access to apply for FEMA assistance, Food Stamps (SNAP), Social Security or other mainstream health and welfare assistance programs. The center may also be used to search for employment and submit job applications. Printers are available for printing documents as needed.
The Computer Resource Center is located at the AFH offices at 6260 Westpark Dr., Suite 100, Houston, TX 77057, and is open Monday-Friday from 10 AM to 4 PM.
THE FOLLOWING RYAN WHITE PROVIDERS ARE OPERATING WITHIN THEIR NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS:
· Access Health
· Avenue 360 Health & Wellness
· Houston Health Dept. Case Managers
· Legacy Community Health Services
· The Montrose Center
· St. Hope Foundation
· Thomas Street Health Center
· University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston - Pediatric ervices
· VA Medical Center Houston - Medical Case Management Services
HARVEY RELIEF EFFORT DONATIONS URGENTLY NEEDED
Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 50 inches of rain in some areas of Houston causing catastrophic flooding throughout our wonderful city.
AIDS Foundation Houston has over 200 clients living with HIV/AIDS residing in one of our six housing programs. As the flood waters continue to recede, we continue to assess the condition of our housing programs and our clients' welfare. Meanwhile, we have begun to receive requests from people living with HIV/AIDS who have been displaced from their homes and are seeking medicine, housing, food, and other basic needs.
If you are looking for an agency that will use your donation to help with recovery, please consider a gift. Prefer to donate by text? Scan the QR code on the right or text give to 713-909-4129.
Thanks to all of you who have already donated!!!
Your gift will help those affected by the storm to cover repairs to housing programs, purchase and distribute food from AFH’s Stone Soup food pantry, provide emergency housing for our current clients or new clients, as well as meeting unforeseen needs of the community in the recovery months ahead of us.
AIDS Foundation Houston continues to coordinate with the City of Houston, the Coalition for the Homeless, and the Houston Food Bank to provide safe housing, food pantry services, and other support services to as many people living with HIV/AIDS in Houston as we enter this recovery period. Your donation will help fund critical post-storm operations.
The Stone Soup Food Pantry urgently needs donations of ready-to-eat foods. (Those who have been displaced by the storm or are otherwise homeless may not have the means to cook.) Donations of the following items are being accepted from 10 AM to 4 PM, Monday-Friday:
- Feminine Products
- Toiletries for men and women
- Cleaning supplies
- Ready-to-eat foods:
- Juice Boxes
- Peanut Butter (creamy)
- Vienna Sausage
- Fruit Cups
- Beans and franks
- Granola/Cereal bars
EZ Food Donations to Stone Soup for storm relief through the Amazon wish list.
We are also accepting gift cards to be used for medication refills, as well as gas cards and metro cards for transportation to healthcare providers, or you can donate directly to Stone Soup by clicking here.
OUR MISSION AND GOALS
AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc. (AFH) leads the innovative efforts in the prevention of new HIV infections and empowers individuals, families, and communities affected by HIV/AIDS to create and sustain healthy lives.
AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc. envisions a supportive community free of new HIV infections where individuals affected by HIV/AIDS lead healthy and productive lives without stigma and discrimination.