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What You Can Do to Help

Resources for Helping HIV-Positive Evacuees of Hurricane Katrina

October 1, 2005

This information has been compiled by The Body based on information provided by the American Academy of HIV Medicine and other sources.

Helping in General

The most efficient way to help is to send money. This will help AIDS organizations provide gift certificates for people to buy clothing and household goods. However, donations of clothing, dry food goods or personal hygiene products also may be sent to each agency individually. If you donate either money or goods to any of these organizations, please indicate that your donation is for the hurricane relief.

Some of these organizations would also love volunteers. For volunteers in or headed to relief areas, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has issued these recommendations.

For a state-by-state listing of all AIDS organizations in the United States, click here.

  • AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth & Families
    The Katrina AIDS Alliance Emergency Fund was specifically set up to address the needs of the HIV/AIDS community affected by the hurricane. They say that 100% of these funds will be used to support the emergency needs of families and young people living with HIV/AIDS who are served by Ryan White CARE Act Title IV programs in Louisiana and Mississippi. They will disburse these emergency funds directly through the local programs. For more info, click here.


If you are part of an organization that can help those displaced, the best thing to do is contact the American Red Cross to locate shelters in your area, then offer to assist anyone who identifies as HIV positive or is in need of medical help. Several shelters have indicated that their medical volunteers have run across people in need and they are looking for referral sources.

For information on how to register, go to, and then go to the local chapters section. You'll probably have to go in person because their online services are bogged down with volunteers. They are looking for special needs housing -- and it will take time to find the right person given the chaos of placing refugees. You can also try to find the medical triage crew for your area and ask them if they know of anyone who needs assistance.

If you wish to register your AIDS housing program that is in an area where refugees have not yet arrived, please connect to the Houston, Jackson, Birmingham or Memphis Red Cross chapters and find the medical triage specialist. You'll need to be vigilant to get to the right person(s). Also, has a link to offer housing and is coordinating the national effort.

If you are an individual willing to house HIV-positive (or HIV-negative) Katrina evacuees in your home, there are a number of organizations you can contact (though you should first contact those in the areas affected by the hurricane) and Web sites where you can post your offer -- see the listings below.

AIDS Organizations Providing Housing

This is a partial listing, for a state-by-state listing of all AIDS organizations in the United States, click here.

In Louisiana

  • Acadiana C.A.R.E.S.
    Claude Martin, Executive Director
    203 W. Third St.
    Lafayette, LA 70501
    Phone: 1-337-233-2437

  • Baton Rouge AIDS Society
    Arnold "A.J." Johnson, Executive Director
    4550 North Blvd., Suite 101
    Baton Rouge, LA 70806
    Phone: 1-225-923-2437

  • Central Louisiana AIDS Support Services
    Ann Lowery-Briley, Executive Director
    103 Bolton Ave.
    Alexandria, LA 71301
    Phone: 1-318-442-1010

  • Family Service of Greater Baton Rouge
    Mary Helen Borck, HIV/AIDS Program Manager
    4727 Revere Ave.
    Baton Rouge, LA 70808
    Phone: 1-225-927-9810
    Ryan White services (case management, medication assistance, transportation, emergency housing assistance, etc.) are also provided to displaced HIV-positive individuals.

  • Greater Ouachita Coalition Providing AIDS Resources and Education
    Richard Womack, Executive Director
    2915 DeSiard
    Monroe, LA 71201
    Phone: 1-318-325-1092 or 1-800-286-1092

  • Louisiana AIDS Advocacy Network

  • The Philadelphia Center
    Ken Beatty, Executive Director
    2020 Centenary Blvd.
    Shreveport, LA 71104
    Phone: 1-318-222-6633

  • Southwest Louisiana AIDS Council
    Marilyn Dunn, Executive Director
    1715 Common St.
    Lake Charles, LA 70601-6135
    Phone: 1-337-439-5861

  • Volunteers of America, Special Services
    Angie Pitre, Division Director
    1755 Woodale Blvd.
    Baton Rouge, LA 70806
    Phone: 1-225-922-3900
    Ryan White services (case management, medication assistance, transportation, emergency housing assistance, etc.) are also provided to displaced HIV-positive individuals.

In Texas

  • Montrose Clinic
    Sonna Alton, Director of Communications and Events
    P.O. Box 66308
    Houston, TX 77266
    Phone: 1-713-830-3015

Web Sites Providing Housing Assistance

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