mission

ALRP’s mission is to help people with HIV/AIDS maintain or improve their health by resolving their legal issues.

ALRP accomplishes this mission by providing free and low-cost legal services to people with HIV/AIDS in the San Francisco Bay Area.

ALRP is the only institution in the San Francisco Bay Area solely dedicated to providing free and low-cost legal assistance and education on virtually any civil matter to persons living with HIV/AIDS. This includes such widely disparate areas as housing, bankruptcy/credit, immigration, employment, insurance, confidentiality matters, family law, government benefits, and public accommodations. We accomplish this mission through either direct representation of clients by one of ALRP’s nine attorneys or by careful placement of clients with one of ALRP’s 700 Panel attorneys.

Founded in 1983, ALRP has handled over 72,000 legal matters for our clients over the last 33 years. Our efforts help our clients:

  • Avoid unlawful evictions – fulfilling their basic need for shelter
  • Protect their assets, and their children’s future
  • Reduce their stress and improve their health
  • Assure their personal dignity
  • Protect and regain lost jobs and insurance/medical benefits

Our goals are to provide legal counsel and representation on often-complex legal matters with respect to HIV/AIDS for a community of individuals often least able to afford it, and to leverage the resources of the private bar for the public good. In the process, we increase resources dedicated to the public interest through the private market, and increase the skill and capacity of the legal community to handle the intricacies of HIV/AIDS related law and representation.

Our current services/projects include:

  • The ALRP Referral Project
  • The ALRP AIDS Housing Advocacy Project
  • The ALRP HIV/AIDS Insurance Protection Project
  • The ALRP Outreach Project
  • The ALRP HIV50+ Project
  • The ALRP HIV/AIDS Consumer Advocacy Project
  • The ALRP Immigration HIV Assistance Project
  • The ALRP Work Readiness & Legal Assistance Project
  • The ALRP Client Education Project
  • The ALRP Volunteer Training Project
  • The ALRP Law Clerk Fellowship Project

Last year alone, ALRP helped almost 1,600 people with HIV/AIDS in 2,350 legal matters, successfully leveraged over $1.5 million in donated legal services, and provided training for more than 280 attorneys.


ALRP at a Glance:

Founded: 1983 — now in our 33rd year of service

Executive Director: Bill Hirsh

Staff: 3

Board of Directors: 30

Volunteer Panel Attorneys: More than 700

Number of Cases Handled since 1983: 72,000+

Number of People with HIV/AIDS in the SF Bay area: More than 18,000

Percentage of Clients with Extremely Low Incomes: 83%

Percentage of Clients from Communities of Color: 50%

Annual Operating Budget (2016): $1,398,514

Percent of Budget from Sources other than Government Grants: 45%

Number of Counties Served: 7

For More Information: Jim McBride, Dir. of Development
(415) 701-1200 ext. 301 or jim@alrp.org