Katrina AIDS Alliance Emergency Fund
1. What Is the Status of the Clinics in the Disaster Area and Which AIDS Alliance Members Are Affected?
AIDS Alliance member clinics in New Orleans are not currently in operation. Although many New Orleans families are being served in Baton Rouge, clinics in Houston, Dallas, Jackson, Nashville, San Antonio, Atlanta, Mobile, and Los Angeles are also serving these displaced families and individuals.
Our Hattiesburg, Mississippi member program is open and providing care, but the extremely high gas prices are making it very hard for clients to get to the clinic.
2. Who Will Receive Katrina AIDS Alliance Emergency Fund Donations?
Money raised through the Katrina AIDS Alliance Emergency Fund is being distributed to Ryan White CARE Act Title IV clinics and programs in the affected areas to meet emergency needs of women, children, youth, and families living with HIV and AIDS. This includes programs and clinics in Katrina-devastated areas, as well as programs that are absorbing displaced individuals and families needing care.
3. How Is the Money From the Katrina AIDS Alliance Emergency Fund Helping Women, Children, Youth, and Families Living With HIV and AIDS?
The Katrina AIDS Alliance Emergency Fund was created to help meet the emergency needs of women, children, youth, and families living with HIV/AIDS in the hurricane affected areas who receive care through AIDS Alliance member programs. Many of these individuals and families are in desperate need of help as they wait for federal assistance.
Every dollar raised through the fund is being distributed to affected AIDS Alliance programs for them to use to meet the emergency needs of displaced individuals and families, such as food, medications, clothing, diapers and toiletries, gas/transportation to services, and housing.
4. How Much of My Donation Is Given to Programs Serving Women, Children, Youth, and Families Living With HIV And AIDS?
One hundred percent of the Katrina AIDS Alliance Emergency Fund is being given to these clinics and programs who are serving women, children, youth, and families in or from the hurricane-affected areas.
5. How Long Will the Emergency Fund Be Active?
The Katrina AIDS Alliance Emergency Fund will be active until AIDS Alliance members are receiving the appropriate support from the government.
6. What Else Is AIDS Alliance Doing to Help Individuals and Families Living With HIV/AIDS in the Hurricane-Affected Areas?
AIDS Alliance is working with national partners to call upon the federal government to provide supplemental funding for recovery efforts for programs serving displaced individuals and families and to rebuild programs and agencies devastated by the hurricane.
In addition, AIDS Alliance has established a "Katrina Emergency Listserv" to update Title IV programs and individuals who are involved in the response.
This article was provided by AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth and Families.