AIDS Emergency Fund responds compassionately to the AIDS crisis by providing immediate, short-term financial assistance to help people disabled by HIV/AIDS to cover their basic human needs and stabilize their living situations.
AIDS Emergency Fund operates with low overhead to raise and distribute funding to those most in need who are experiencing genuine emergencies or have an opportunity to permanently stabilize their living situation.
Short-term financial assistance from AEF is a key element of San Francisco’s continuum of care, and AEF collaborates with other service providers to insure that clients access all available resources and assistance.
Through compassionate intervention by AEF, people living with HIV/AIDS can maintain access to medical care and drug therapies, avoid eviction and homelessness, and live with greater stability and dignity during their illness.
AIDS Emergency Fund’s board, staff and volunteers hold the following principles that guide us in our interaction with clients with HIV/AIDS and in our decision-making regarding the stewardship of the organization and its resources:
AIDS Emergency Fund treats all clients with compassion and respect.
- People with disabling illnesses have intrinsic value as human beings and deserve full access to medical care, housing and life’s other basic necessities.
- Lessening the emotional and financial burden of unpaid bills helps people with disabling illnesses to achieve better health outcomes.
- Housing and other basic services should be an integral part of the health care delivery system.
- AEF uses resources most efficiently and effectively by maintaining low overhead and relying on dedicated, well-trained volunteers in all aspects of its work.