Events

Wilhemina’s War

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation in partnership with the Alameda County Planning Council and Bay Area State of Emergency Coalition invite you to a free reception and screening of the award-winning documentary

Wilhemina’s War

Friday, February 17, 2017
Pre-Screening Reception: 6pm
Film Screening: 7pm
Oakstop
1721 Broadway, Oakland

Panel Discussion with Veronica Briscoe (PLWA from South Carolina)

RSVP: http://bit.ly/wwar17oak

Download the flyer here.

Free HIV/AIDS Educational Luncheons

People Living with HIV/AIDS Committee (PLWHA) invites you to attend a series of free HIV/AIDS Educational Luncheons:

September 20, 2016
Topic: Newly HIV Diagnosed
Presenter/Sponsor: Keith Waltrip, Gilead

October 18, 2016
Topic: HIV, Mental Health, Depression and Substance Use
Presenter/Sponsor: Michael Battistessa, VIIV

November 15, 2016
Topic: HIV and Hep-C
Presenter/Sponsor: Keith Waltrip, Gilead

Time: 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm

Location: Office of AIDS Administration
1000 Broadway, 3rd Floor, Suite 310, Conference Room, Oakland, Ca

Join PLWHA Committee meeting, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, following the educational luncheon. Attend the meeting and let your voice be heard!

Special Thanks to:
HRSA, Michael Buck, Gilead, VIIV, Keith Waltrip, Michael Battistessa, Members of the People Living with HIV/AIDS Committee (PLWHA) Alameda County Office of AIDS Administration

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June 2016 Town Hall Meeting of the CCPC

What services are needed to help make a difference for Persons Living with HIV/Aids?
¿Qué servicios son necesarios para ayudar a hacer una diferencia para las Personas que Viven con el VIH / SIDA?

Your voice should be heard!
SU VOZ DEBE SER OÍDO!

Town Hall Meeting of the Collaborative Community Planning Council
Junta en el Town Hall por parte Del Consejo de Planificación Comunitaria Colaborativa

Wednesday, June 22, 2016  |  12:15pm – 2:15pm
Alameda County OAA
1000 Broadway
5th Floor Conference Room (5000A)
Oakland, CA 94607

Miércoles, 22 de Junio 2016 – 12:15pm-2:15pm
(inscribirse a las 2 pm para comentario público)
Condado de Alameda OAA
1000 Broadway
5to. piso Salón de Conferencias (5000A)
Oakland, CA 94607

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San Leandro City Hall — South Building
901 E. 14th Street
San Leandro, CA 94577

Miércoles, 27 de Julio 2016 – 12:15pm-2:15pm
(inscribirse a las 2 pm para comentario público)
Ayuntamiento de San Leandro – Edificio Sur
901 E. 14th Street
San Leandro, CA 94577

Presenters will be on hand to discuss “Standards of Care” and “Oral Health.”
Los presentadores estarán disponibles para discutir: “Satisfacción del Cliente” y “Utilización de los servicios.”

Food will be served!
Se serviran alimentos!

Please share this information with others . . . full community support is encouraged.
Por favor, comparta esta información con otros . . . se recomienda apoyo total de la comunidad.

HIV/AIDS Free Educational Luncheon

People Living with HIV/AIDS Committee (PLWHA) Invites You to Attend a Series of HIV/AIDS FREE Educational Luncheons

  • July 19, 2016
    Topic: HIV and Aging
    Presenter/Sponsor: Keith Waltrip, Gilead
  • August 16, 2016
    Topic: HIV Meds and Understanding Labs
    Presenter/Sponsor: Keith Waltrip, Gilead
  • September 20, 2016
    Topic: Newly HIV Diagnosed
    Presenter/Sponsor: Keith Waltrip, Gilead
  • October 18, 2016
    Topic: HIV, Mental Health, Depression and Substance Abuse
    Presenter/Sponsor: Michael Battistessa, VIIV
  • November 15, 2016
    Topic: HIV and Hep-C
    Presenter/Sponsor: Keith Waltrip, Gilead

Time: 12 noon – 1:30 p.m.

Location: Office of AIDS Administration
1000 Broadway, 3rd Floor
Suite 310, Conference Room
Oakland, CA

Join PLWHA Committee meeting, 2 – 4 p.m., following the educational luncheons. Attend the meeting and let your voice be heard!

Special thanks to: HRSA, Michael Buck, Gilead, VIIV, Keith Waltrip, Michael Battistessa, Members of the People Living with HIV/AIDS Committee (PLWHA) Alameda County Office of AIDS Administration

HOPWA Formula Modernization Passes the House

b3e31d92-2da6-4538-9327-055fb755c970HOPWA Formula Modernization Passes the House

Thanks to Your Amazing Advocacy!

On Tuesday, February 2 the House, unanimously by a vote of 427 to 0, adopted H.R. 3700, The Housing Opportunity through Modernization Act, including the Price-Aderholt Amendment providing for the long-awaited update to the HOPWA formula. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), co-chair of the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus, noted the need to update the HOPWA formula in the opening debate.  NAHC Executive Director Rusty Bennett watched the debate in the House Chamber.  The rare floor debate on a housing bill was televised on C-SPAN.  The bi-partisan legislation which emanated from the House Financial Services Committee Subcommittee on Housing was amended on the House floor with a provision sponsored by Rep. David Price (D-NC) and Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL), making  three major changes:
  1. Switching from cumulative AIDS to living HIV/AIDS, making HOPWA comport with the Ryan White Care Act;
  2. Directing HUD to include housing costs and local poverty rates as formula factors;
  3. Gradually implementing the new formula in over 5 years and including a stop-loss provision to cap gains and losses at 10% and 5%.
Representative Price in presenting the amendment noted the support of the National AIDS Housing Coalition, AIDS United, The AIDS Institute and the National Low Income Housing Coalition.  He described the impact of the current disparate geographic distribution of HOPWA dollars based on cumulative AIDS.  Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), longtime HOPWA supporter and sponsor of numerous amendments to increase funding for the program spanning 20 years, spoke in opposition to the amendment, noted the potential for increased homelessness among people with HIV/AIDS by shifting scarce resources within the program and spoke with passion his continued support for the program and need for additional funding.
H.R. 3700 sets forth a number of reforms to the public housing program.  NAHC will direct you to analyses of the measure as they become available. The measure now moves to the Senate where the Banking Committee Subcommittee on Housing is the Committee of jurisdiction.
Many thanks to Representatives Price and his staff as well as Rep. Aderholt and all the Congressional supporters of HIV/AIDS Housing!  Please extend your appreciation to your own Representatives who supported the Price-Aderholt Amendment as well as the overall bill.
Thank you so much for your powerful advocacy on this important legislation!
NAHC will work to keep you updated as H.R. 3700 advances.
Thanks for all you do!

Short Term Housing Assistance

Short Term Housing Assistance

Are you living with HIV/AIDS and at Risk of losing your housing?

The HOPWA funded Short-Term Rent/Mortgage and Utility (STRMU) Assistance Program for persons living with HIV+ provides up to 21 weeks of short-term rental/mortgage and/or utility assistance to help currently housed HIV+ low income persons stay housed. The maximum amount of assistance received varies per client depending on tenant need and funds available.

Participant Eligibility

STRMU is designed to be a short-term, needs-based intervention to prevent homelessness for persons who are HIV+. As such, individuals must meet the following additional criteria in order to receive STRMU assistance:

  • Documented HIV/AIDS status (confidentiality will be maintained)
  • Client must be currently housed – homeless individuals are not eligible for STRMU assistance. Assistance is provided to help households maintain their current place of residence.
  • Client must live in Alameda County.
  • Client must be currently named as a tenant under the written lease (if renting), or own the home (named on the Deed of Trust for the address seeking subsidy).
  • Client must be a US Citizen or have lawful immigrant status.
  • Low-income (below 80% area median income (AMI))Note: STRMU program cannot assist persons in foreclosure proceedings. STRMU assistance for homeowners MUST be requested BEFORE a notice of foreclosure has been filed on address seeking subsidy.

    Eligible Costs

    In order to be eligible for assistance, clients must be able to prove HIV+ status and have an eligible qualifying “emergency need”. The following costs are allowable:

  • Rent: back rent and late fees
  • Mortgage: mortgage in arrears, late fees, taxes, insurance and other fess if escrowed
  • Basic utilities (Water, Sewer, Garbage, Gas and Electricity)

    How to Apply

    Application materials are available online at: www.acgov.org/cda/hcd/hiv-aids-housing/

    For questions, or to request paper applications please email STRMU@acgov.org or call Ms. Walker at 510-670-5971

Short Term Housing Assistance flyer available for download here.

Standards of Care Discussion Group

You’re invited to participate in the Ryan White Standard of Care Discussion Groups

Meetings will be held on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays beginning in September. Meetings will be held in Oakland and Martinez.

UPDATE:
January 17 – CANCELLED
and RESCHEDULED to December 10
1-3pm
OAA Conference Room 310 B
Ambulatory Care and Medical Case Management

Meeting objectives: To summarize consensus among service providers and consumers regarding quality of service delivery that will enhance the lives of PLWHA; this may include, but not limited to a) determining the need to add new standards or delete existing ones based on research findings provided by Facente Consulting b) review of service category definitions provide by HRSA, policies, and procedures of existing service providers c) draft and define each of the Ryan White Core and Support service categories.

What are the Ryan White Standards of Care? The Standards of Care serve as a guide for the provision of standardized best practices for Ryan White Core and Support services categories. The Standards provide a delivery protocol for Ryan White contractors and facilitate quality services for PLWHA in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.

Why are these Standards important? It is imperative that the HIV/AIDS community planners and consumers of HIV services have a full understanding of the current resources available to meet the needs of PLWHA and their families. It is also important that they have accurate assessment of issues impacting the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.

Who should attend and why? Anyone and everyone affected by HIV/AIDS in their lives, their work, and in their hearts, who want to voice their expertise, their experiences, and recommendations and have influence in the final document of the 2015 Ryan White Standards of Care for Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.

» Download the Schedule here.

New Beginnings Support Group

Neighborhood House of North Richmond HIV Health Education/Risk Reduction Services Contra Costa County

New Beginnings Support Group

Date: 2nd and 4th Friday of each month

Next Group Session: Friday August 14, 2015

Special Guest: Jay Fournier ‐Hep C Update and Presentation Michael Buck: Overview of The WRAP Program

Location: Neighborhood House of North Richmond
820 23rd Street, Richmond, CA 94806

Time: 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Lunch is provided.

HIV/AIDS Health Education and support services are provided for participants located in Contra Costa County.

Please contact: Betty Blackmore‐Gee Phone: (510) 776‐7631

» Download the flyer for this event.

Standards of Care Discussion Groups

All RW service providers and clients are invited to attend and participate in the last two Standards or Care discussion groups and one special discussion group designed specifically for PLWHA.

Location: 1000 Broadway, Conference Room 310 Thursdays from 1 – 3pm

January 7 — Early Intervention and Psychosocial Support
January 14 — Ambulatory Care and Medical Case Management

AND in addition don’t miss Tuesday December 15 — Immediately before the PLWHA Committee Meeting — You do not have to be a Committee member to participate! Everyone is welcomed.

What will we discuss?

What are the Ryan White Standards of Care? The Standards of Care serve as a guide for the services provided in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties for Ryan White Core and Support services categories. The Standards provide a delivery protocol for Ryan White contractors and facilitate quality services for PLWHA in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.

Why is my presence at this meeting important? We need more input from PLWHA about the quality of service delivery that will enhance their lives; we will review the service category definitions provide by HRSA and discuss the policies and procedures of existing service providers in each of the categories, as well as what you think the new standards need to contain as minimums for the TGA.

For questions or comments prior to the event, please contact Shelley Facente at shelley@facenteconsulting.com or eva.mourad@acgov.org.