AIDS Housing Association of Tacoma (AHAT) was founded in 1989. With the assistance of members of Christ Church Episcopal of Tacoma and other community volunteers, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation was formed to provide safe, alternative housing for people with HIV/AIDS in Pierce and Kitsap Counties. The church provided the house for one dollar per year until it was purchased in 2002. The community provides volunteers and donations; other financial support comes from city, state and federal grants.
AIDS Housing Association of Tacoma/Three Cedars has provided special needs-assisted living and housing for almost a hundred HIV/AIDS residents since we opened in June 1990. We remain the only facility of our type from King County to the Oregon border to offer housing and enriched services to HIV/AIDS residents. Today, almost two-thirds of our residents return to community living after stabilizing their health and achieving medical adherence.
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Board of Directors
- Kevin Hannan, President
- Diane Soucey, Vice President
- Jennifer Haley, Secretary
- Troy Tellvik, Treasurer
- Gary Hill
- Linsey Hinand
- Brock Leach
- Patti Spaulding Klewin
David Strong-Executive Director of AIDS Housing Association of Tacoma, completed the University of Washington’s certificate programs in Human Service Management and Nonprofit Management. He is a member of the Northwest Development Officers Association and serves on the boards of the Pride Foundation, Multifaith Works, Religious Coalition for Equality and Covenant House Campus Ministry at the University of Washington.
Missy Catching-Operations Manager. Missy began working with AHAT in August, 2010. Missy brings over fifteen years of non-profit finance experience. Missy lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband, children, and beloved pooch.
Anselma Latimer, LPN-Client Services Director for Project Open Door. Anselma began working with persons living with HIV/AIDS in New York City in the 1980′s. She has been engaged as a provider, educator, and activist since that time. In addition to her work with AHAT, Anselma is involved with the Black AIDS Institue to address HIV prevention in Perice County’s African American community. Anselma lives in Tacoma with her husband.
Broadway Cares awarded AIDS Housing Association of Tacoma $5,000 to support the Living Well Peer Support Program.