AIDS Alabama was incorporated in 1986 as a 501(c)(3) agency with a mission to “devote its energy and resources statewide to helping people with HIV/AIDS live healthy, independent lives and work to prevent the spread of HIV.” That stated mission remains in effect today, though services have broadened considerably over time. AIDS Alabama’s belief is that “Housing is Healthcare,” and without stable, secure housing, no medication regimen can be followed; and the experience of homelessness brings with it the risk of unsafe survival behaviors. Agency staff focus on housing, mental health and substance abuse services; HIV/STI prevention and education services, including free, confidential HIV/STI testing; and advocacy and policy efforts. CEO Kathie Hiers has been at the helm of AIDS Alabama for nearly 20 years.
In 2020, AIDS Alabama directly served more than 12,000 individuals and families in its service programs. The agency provided more than 155,000 units of housing services, including: emergency hotel vouchers; permanent housing; permanent housing with supportive services attached; rapid rehousing; rental and mortgage assistance, including housing placement and assistance with late payments and utility and lease deposits; mental health, case management, substance abuse and other supportive services; and transportation.
AIDS Alabama’s newest housing program is called the Way Station, an emergency, overnight shelter and transitional living program for homeless, runaway and at-risk youth ages 18 to 24, to be located in Birmingham on half a city block at 650 3rd Avenue North. The Way Station team expects to break ground on this important project this fall, with services to begin mid-2022. The shelter will provide programs to include: 1) Crisis Stabilization Shelter, consisting of temporary housing with crisis intervention services, including immediate safety and stabilization, trauma-informed care counseling and establishment of a care plan; 2) Transitional Housing, consisting of longer-term housing for up to two years with supportive services, including enrollment into Birmingham City Schools or GED prep/education, financial literacy courses, job and housing-readiness skills and healthcare; and 3) Permanent Housing, consisting of housing placement and rent and utility assistance through an existing agency Rapid Re-Housing program.
For more information about AIDS Alabama and its services, please contact Caroline Bundy, Director of Development, at 205-918-8193 or firstname.lastname@example.org.