ALRP milestones

2016
ALRP surpasses 72,000 mark in number of client cases handled, and commemorates it’s 33rd year of service to people living with HIV/AIDS.
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2015
ALRP surpasses 70,000 mark in number of client cases handled, and handles a record 2,350 legal matters (including a record 781 housing cases and a record 247 immigration cases) for its clients.
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2014
ALRP handles over 2,000 legal matters for its clients; experiences a 50% increase in number of clients coming to us for services over the past decade. 2014 also saw the launch of the ALRP HIV50+ Project, as now more than 50% of people living with HIV/AIDS in San Francisco are over the age of 50.
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2013
ALRP surpasses 65,000 mark in number of client cases handled, and commemorates it’s thirtieth year of service with the launch of the ALRP|30 Years of Justice From The Heart Campaign.
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2012
ALRP receives the American Bar Association’s Forger Award for excellence in legal services provision and advocacy.
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2011
ALRP’s annual operating budget surpasses $1 million.
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2010
ALRP surpasses 60,000 legal matters since its founding in 1983.
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2010
ALRP launches the HIV Consumer Advocacy Project (HCAP) to help HIV+ consumers access public healthcare services and mediate disputes with HIV/AIDS service providers.
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2008
ALRP’s volunteer Panel reaches the 700 mark.
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2006
ALRP launches the HIV Insurance Protection Project (HIPP) to help its growing number of clients with insurance-related legal matters.
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2005
ALRP receives the Award for Excellence in Volunteer Management from The Volunteer Center.
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2004
ALRP receives the Bill Kraus AIDS Service Provider Award from the Harvey Milk Democratic Club.
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2003
ALRP launches the ALRP Immigrant HIV Assistance Project (IHAP) to help clients with immigration-related legal matters such as political asylum and naturalization.
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2000
ALRP surpasses $1 million in annual leveraged pro bono legal services from volunteer Panel attorneys.
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2000
Bill Hirsh becomes ALRP’s fourth (and current) Executive Director.
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1999
ALRP receives BALIF’s Legal Services Award for excellence in serving people with HIV.
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1998
ALRP receives the Richard Savilla Award from La Raza Centro Legal for outstanding contributions to the Latino community.
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1998
ALRP launches the AIDS Housing Advocacy Project (AHAP) to provide direct legal representation in housing matters.
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1996
Irwin Keller becomes ALRP’s third Executive Director.
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1994
Eileen Hansen becomes the second Director of Public Policy; Rachel Maddow joins ALRP as a John Gardner Public Service Fellow.
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1994
Over 500 volunteer attorneys, paralegals and notaries now serving on the ALRP Panel.
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1992
ALRP receives U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in serving people with HIV.
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1992
Clint Hockenberry passes away from AIDS; Kristin Chambers hired as ALRP’s second Executive Director.
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1991
ALRP establishes its Public Policy Program and hires Paul DiDonato as its first Director of Public Policy.
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1990
ALRP receives its first government grant through the federal Ryan White CARE Act.
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1990
ALRP serves more than 2,000 clients assisted by a Panel of over 400 volunteers.
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1989
ALRP incorporates with a new name: The AIDS Legal Referral Panel of the San Francisco Bay Area.
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1988
ALRP coordinates the first national conference on AIDS legal services, inspiring similar panels nationwide.
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1988
ALRP publishes the first editions of the AIDSLaw Handbook and Social Security Self-Help Manual.
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1987
ALRP’s AIDS Community Outreach Program (ACOP) begins reaching out to underserved populations, including women and people of color.
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1987
ALRP becomes the largest AIDS legal services program in the country, with more than 250 volunteer attorneys serving on its Panel.
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1986
The Bar Association of San Francisco’s Volunteer Legal Services Program (VLSP) becomes ALRP’s fiscal sponsor.
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1986
Clint Hockenberry joins ALRP as its first paid staff member, as ALRP caseload reaches 1,000.
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1983
ALRP becomes the first legal services provider in the nation dedicated to meeting the needs of people with HIV.