Welcome to EVAN
The AIDS Fund, Inc operating as The Eastern Virginia AIDS Network (EVAN) is a private non-profit corporation whose purpose is to support and maintain the best quality of life for persons infected and affected by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), and to reduce the overall incidence of HIV infection by providing education, information, to those living with HIV/AIDS in the region.(HIV/AIDS Housing and support services are provided through the Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) program through the City of Virginia Beach Department of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation)
The Eastern Virginia AIDS Network (EVAN) formally the Tidewater AIDS Crisis Taskforce (TACT) is the oldest AIDS Service Organization of the Hampton Roads area. Since its inception in 1983, it has provided support to those living with HIV/AIDS without cost to the consumer.
Our programs under the HOPWA Program include Short Term Rental and Mortgage and Utilities assistance, Permanent Housing Support, Temporary Transitional Housing, Housing Case management as well as Vocational, Educational, and Jobs Development and Referral. EVAN also provides Education/Prevention targeting the HIV Positive community in general. As a result EVAN has reached a segment of the Eastern Virginia targeted populations that otherwise would have been undeserved.
By 1983, a new disease had started creeping into the lives of our nation, especially in the Tidewater area. ARC (AIDS Related Complex), as it was known then, or HTLV-III, was beginning to claim precious lives in our own backyard. A community effort was needed to try and stop the spread of this relentless killer. In response to this community problem, The AIDS Fund, Inc known to everyone as TACT came into being from a small group of friends helping friends. At first, we were primarily helping those that were dying all too quickly and trying to fill the ever-changing needs as fast as they arose. This growing need in the community that soon spread beyond this small group of very special people was constantly creating new challenges that were met head-on by The AIDS Fund.
Many who were infected were treated as pariahs by friends and even their own families. The AIDS Fund found itself becoming the last hope for many persons that had been abandoned by everyone around them. We became the last hope and for many the last human touch in their lives. The spread of AIDS was accompanied by ignorance that also created heartache in the lives of those living with AIDS.
In Norfolk, this small group of friends who founded TACT would get together and would be constantly looking for ways to help those that were being infected on a daily basis. When the AIDS Fund, Inc was started, it was located in a small house on 41st Street near Old Dominion University and the old Oar House restaurant club (now the WAVE).
During those early days, The AIDS Fund consisted mostly of volunteers and 5 employees. We soon outgrew that location and moved to Duke Street in downtown Norfolk having grown from a staff of 5 with less than 100 clients to a staff of 18 with over 300 clients. As time passed and the reality of AIDS set in, we soon found that we had outgrown our offices at Duke Street.
In 1995 we moved to 9229 Granby Street in Ocean view. In 2013 we moved to our current location of 909 Glenrock Rd, Norfolk which is more centrally located at the juncture of Virginia Beach Blvd and Military Hwy. Since then we have tried to get the word out to the people of the area that they needed to protect themselves and to be always prepared.
The AIDS Fund has offered educational information and speakers to anyone that has been willing to listen. To this day, we continue to strive to dispel the myths and reinforce the truths about HIV/AIDS.
Over the years we have added new services that include street outreach, prevention case management, rental assistance, emergency housing, food and a meals program, medication and dental assistance and much more. These services that help to improve the lives of those living with HIV/AIDS are vital to fighting this killer. We continue to meet the challenge on a daily basis.
Since 1983, The AIDS Fund now known as the Eastern Virginia AIDS Network (EVAN) has continued to grow, molding and forming an agency that responds to the ever –changing needs of the community, no matter the gender, sexuality, race or circumstances of persons in need. We look to the future to that day, when we all can say that EVAN is no longer needed because HIV/AIDS has been conquered, until that day, EVAN will continue to serve anyone that has a need with compassion and unwavering understanding at no cost to them.
Over time we have made the transition from helping people who were dying of AIDS to helping people who are living with HIV and AIDS. EVAN is staffed and ready to answer questions, provide care and serve as a resource for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
Over 1/3 of the people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in Virginia live in Eastern Virginia. In 2012 EVAN served over 1,200 individuals and their families and tested 1,500 people for HIV.
EVAN began with a personal commitment to help others and we are still dedicated to that principle today. We are proud to work with community health partners, State and Federal agencies, local churches, businesses, colleges and community volunteers to provide quality services to our clients. Together we can make a difference in the lives and the health of Eastern Virginia.