PCAF serves the South Sound community. With offices in Tacoma and Olympia, we reach individuals affected by HIV/AIDS who reside in Pierce, Thurston, Mason, and Lewis Counties. In our 30 year history, over 2,700 people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS have come to our organization seeking services and thousands more have been reached through prevention messaging and outreach. We continue to maintain and expand our services to fit our clients’ growing needs.
PCAF does not discriminate on the basis of ethnic origin, color, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, political affiliation, age, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, or the presence of any sensory or physical disability including HIV status.
In order to be eligible for case management services at PCAF a person must:
- Be a resident of Washington State
- Be diagnosed with HIV
- Be willing to engage in services
Since HIV/AIDS is not a disease that targets a specific demographic of people, the population PCAF serves is both extensive and diverse. There is no single gender, race, or sexual orientation that describes PCAF’s clients and therefore, there is no way for us to describe a “typical PCAF client.” We serve a multitude of people with varying backgrounds and cultural identities and everyone eligible is welcome to engage in our services.
In general, HIV/AIDS has a higher impact within populations that are often marginalized or disadvantaged. The population PCAF serves is very different from those served by other HIV/AIDS organizations in Washington State, and even varies between our two locations in Tacoma and Olympia.
The South Sound has a higher percentage of clients who are women and people of color, those who often have less access to education, and those who are of lower socio-economic status. PCAF is proud to stand up for those who are vulnerable in our community and give voice to people with limited access to resources that are often taken for granted.