On September 15, City of Houston Mayor Annise D. Parker honored AIDS Housing Coalition Houston, a local housing advocate and social service provider for persons with HIV/AIDS, with a city proclamation. On hand to receive the proclamation were AHCH chairperson Rodney Mills, founding director Matt Locklin, and executive assistant Robert Strange Jr.
Designating the day as “AIDS Housing Coalition Houston Day,” Mayor Parker lauded AHCH’s staff, commenting on how the grass-roots organization self-funds through a balance of community partnerships, private grants, and in-house fundraising activities. The proclamation also praises AHCH’s safe, temporary housing, HIV mentorship, and community hotline counseling.
AHCH volunteers have provided 16 years of continuous public service in Houston. The nonprofit organization currently operates the West Heights House program, a safe house for people living with HIV/AIDS who are in transition. AHCH also hosts a public information HIV hotline.
Previous coalition programs have included TLC House, Montrose Cottages, and 312
W. Alabama (the apartment complex now operated by AIDS Foundation Houston). ahch.webs.com • 713/864-1795. — Nancy Ford