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READ THE NYC CITY COUNCIL INVESTIGATIVE REPORT:  Transitional and Emergency AIDS Housing:  In Urgent Need of Repair

READ NYCAHN'S REPORT AND POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE CITY'S EMERGENCY HOUSING SYSTEM FOR HOMELESS PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS

Click here for press about the report.

Click here for HASA most recent statistics

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THE HOUSE EVERY ONE! CAMPAIGN

Thanks to the efforts of the members of NYCAHN's HASA Human Rights Watch, fewer people are now being left homeless by the New York City welfare department. 

But there's still a lot of work to be done.

Therefore, NYCAHN is calling on the NY City Council to enact the recommendations outlined in their Investigative report by passing a local law that will 1) guarantee permanent housing to homeless people living with AIDS within a reasonable time frame (saving NYC money and saving lives); 2) contract with hotel and rooming house owners so that they can be held accountable for housing conditions and 3) refuse to utlize hotels and rooming houses where the conditions are life threatening.

The housing conditions in many emergency housing sites are less attractive than homelessness. Drug dealing, extortion, thievery, and generally shoddy living conditions are the norms in these commercially run single room occupancy hotels, to which the government nevertheless typically pays over $1200 for each 28-day stay--in addition to a fee each time a new tenant is moved in.

Permanent housing generally inspires pride in its tenants, and would save both the city and HASA clients countless hours of navigating the bloated bureacracy every 28 days to have a place to sleep. In short, the New York City housing system has become so engrossed with supporting the idealism of making AIDS housing recipients "earn" their housing that they have created a bloated system that is no longer effective at housing people in need.

NYCAHN actively seeks to increase new housing construction for low-income & homeless people living with HIV/AIDS/Hep. C, active drug users and indviduals of transgender experience.  NYCAHN is a voting member of the NYC Continuum of Care Coalition which is responsible for distributing all HUD funding for homeless people living with disabilities.   NYCAHN members were the first to fight for the right of homeless people to have equal voting power.  Read NYCAHN's recommendations for the use of HUD funding.

NYCAHN members are also working to improve the housing that we do have and to expand the right to emergency housing and shelter.  Read the recommendations published by NYCAHN to improve the Department of Homeless Services policies for homeless people living with HIV and homeless individuals of transgender experience.

Another flaw with the current system is the fact that the people that most often end up homeless are those that need housing the most. The people most in need of help--active drug users with AIDS, transgender people with AIDS, and those with mental illnesses are not surprisingly the people that have the hardest time navigating the ins and outs of HASA to get what they need.

The House Every One! Campaign Demands:

We call on the City Council to pass legislation that will mandate the City to move homeless people living with AIDS into permanent housing in 28 days--as opposed to the average of 3 years which is how long is takes now.

We call on the City to contract with the for profit landlords that run the commercial single room occupancy hotels and illegal rooming houses.

We call on the City to stop using federal resources to pay the salaries of City workers and to build more housing.

HOUSE EVERYONE! CAMPAIGN STRATEGY MEETING OCCUR EVERY SINGLE TUESDAY AT 4:00 P.M.

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Attention Congregate Housing Providers:  JOIN NYCAHN FOR A MEETING WITH HASA HOUSING DIRECTOR, JOHN RUSCILLO, FRIDAY, JULY 2ND, 2004 10:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. LOCATION:  TBA.  Ask John everything you wanted and needed to know about getting into AIDS housing, requirements for nonprofit scatter site and congregate housing providers.  Click here for a flyer!

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A BIG COMPONENT OF THE HOUSE EVERY ONE! CAMPAIGN IS THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW, PERMAMENENT, MEDICALLY APPROPRIATE HOUSING FOR HOMELESS PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS.

TO THAT END, IN ADDTION TO FIGHTING FOR LEGISLATION THAT WILL IMPROVE EMERGENCY HOUSING, NYCAHN IS WORKING IN THE FOLLOWING CAMPAIGNS AND COALITIONS...

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CLICK HERE TO LEARN ABOUT NYCAHN'S INVOLVEMENT IN THE CONTINUUM OF CARE COALITION

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STOP THE HOPWA SWAP! SEE HOW NYC HAS BROKEN THEIR PROMISE TO HUD TO REPLACE FUNDING THAT SHOULD BE USED TO BUILD HOUSING FOR THE PAST FEW YEARS (DEVELOPED BY TERRI SMITH-CARONIA, DIRECTOR OF NYC POLICY FOR HOUSING WORKS)

Or read the letter about the HOPWA Swap and the use of the City's AIDS Housing funding from the NYC Health & Human Services Planning Council's Housing Work Group to the Mayor.

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CHECK OUT THE OFFICIALLY UNRELEASED

(YES, THAT MEANS LEAKED)

HIV/AIDS HOUSING NEEDS ASSESSMENT CLICK HERE!

THIS REPORT IS BEING SUPPRESSED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, BUT THIS HOPWA FUNDED TWO YEAR STUDY NEEDS TO BE RELEASED.  SURPRISINGLY, IT SAYS...WE NEED A HELL OF LOT MORE HOUSING IN ORDER TO MEET THE DEMAND AND IN ORDER TO END HOMELESSNESS AMONG NEW YORKERS LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS

(THANK YOU TO HOUSING WORKS FOR SCANNING IT IN AND RELEASING IT)

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