Us Helping Us People Into living, inc.
Incorporated in 1988, Us Helping Us, People Into Living, Inc. (UHU) is one of the largest 501(c)(3) Black AIDS organizations in the nation, serving Washington, D.C., suburban Maryland, and northern Virginia. The mission of UHU is to reduce HIV infection in the Black community. UHU provides HIV counseling, testing and referral (CTR) services to men and women, and specializes in HIV education and risk reduction programs for Black gay/bisexual men and transgender persons.
UHU has a national reputation as an organization on the cutting-edge of HIV prevention in the Black community. UHU prides itself on thinking "outside of the box" and has developed innovative HIV prevention programs targeting the Black community, in particular "hard-to-reach" populations, such as Black men who have sex with men (MSM), people living with HIV/AIDS, and transgender persons.
Currently, UHU provides an array of community-level, group-level and individual-level programs. Community-level programs include: a) Street and venue-based outreach; b) the Popular Opinion Leader intervention adapted for Black gay men social networks, and barbershops and beauty shops; c) Community forums to discuss HIV-related stigma and homophobia; and d) the Dissemination of information about participation in clinical trials for a HIV vaccine.
Group-level programs include: a) Peer-led support groups for Black gay/bisexual men with specific groups for HIV-positive men, and mature men 40 years and older; b) the Many Men, Many Voices (3MV) intervention that provides retreats for Black gay/bisexual men to discuss HIV risk reduction; and c) Alcohol and drug-free social activities.
Individual-level programs include: a) HIV counseling and testing, partner notification and referrals (CTR); b) Case management; c) Therapeutic massage; and d) Mental health services.
UHU has 15 full-time staff, ten hourly staff, over 50 volunteers, and an annual budget of $1.7 million. Currently, UHU is funded by the D.C. Department of Health, HIV/AIDS Administration; the Centers for Disease Control; the Washington AIDS Partnership; the Public Welfare Foundation; the MAC AIDS Fund; and support from corporations and individual donations.
All UHU programs and services are free.
The UHU headquarters and service facility is located at 3636 Georgia Avenue, NW, in Washington, DC. The building is owned by UHU and was completely renovated in 2004. The facility has over 6,100 square feet of space with a basement level and two floors. It has 19 offices, two conference rooms, a large meeting room, seven restrooms, a kitchen, and a state-of-the-art computer network with 24 computer terminals and Internet access. The building has an elevator and is fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. There are five parking spaces in the rear of the building, including a designated handicap parking area. The UHU service facility is accessible by mass transportation. It is one block from the Georgia Avenue – Petworth Metrorail station on the Green Line, and one block from four bus routes that stop at the major intersection of Georgia and New Hampshire Avenues, N.W.