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AIDS Housing Saves Lives Albany 2013

PRESS RELEASE | February 20, 2014 Governor Cuomo’s Amended Budget Proposal Will Prevent Homelessness for Over 10,000 Low-Income New Yorkers Living With HIV/AIDS 30-day amendments to budget proposal will establish the same “30% rent cap” affordable housing protection in the HIV/AIDS rental assistance that already exists in other low-income housing programs in New York New York […]

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(Governor Cuomo’s press release announcing the agreement is available here.)  PRESS RELEASE | 2/13/14 Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio Reach Agreement to Prevent Homelessness for 12,000 Low-Income New Yorkers Living With HIV/AIDS Agreement will fix loophole in HIV/AIDS rental assistance program that denies tenants a “30% rent cap” affordable housing protection, leads to high rates […]

New Report – How to End the Overdose Epidemic in New York

A new briefing paper by VOCAL-NY’s Policy Director, Matt Curtis, outlines evidence-based approaches for policymakers to end the overdose epidemic in New York. The report is available online. New York has a drug overdose crisis. Now the leading cause of accidental death in the state, overdose death rates have soared alongside increasing prescription opioid use and […]

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Heroin Overdose Prevention Bill Advances In New York After Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death By: Matt Sledge, 02/04/2014 A bill meant to stem deaths from heroin overdoses advanced in the New York Senate Tuesday, just days after actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died of an apparent drug overdose. Sponsored by State Sen. Kemp Hannon (R), the bill would increase access […]

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PRESS RELEASE  | 01/31/2014 Sen. Hannon and Assm. Dinowitz Introduce Life-Saving Opioid Overdose Prevention Bill Legislation Will Reduce Number One Cause of Accidental Death in New York State by Increasing Access to Antidote, Naloxone Bill Builds on Historic 911 Good Samaritan Law that Passed Nearly Unanimously in Both Houses This week Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau) and […]

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Help needed for those people living with AIDS and seeking housing REGINALD BROWN | 1/23/2014 When I was diagnosed with HIV, I had no idea that one of the biggest challenges I would face would not be juggling medical appointments and treatment decisions or telling friends and family about my status, but simply keeping my […]

Huffington Post: Bill Bratton, Stop-And-Frisk Architect, Takes Over Nation’s Biggest Police Force

Bill Bratton, Stop-And-Frisk Architect, Takes Over Nation’s Biggest Police Force Saki Knafo | 01/23/2014 NEW YORK — William Bratton was sworn in as New York City’s police commissioner on Thursday afternoon, marking the start of his second term at the helm of the city’s police department and his first under progressive new mayor Bill de Blasio. De Blasio surged […]

New Coalition of LGBT Celebrities, Elected Officials, and Other Leaders Urges Cuomo to Protect Affordable Housing for New Yorkers Living With HIV/AIDS

A coalition of more than 100 LGBT celebrities, labor leaders, elected officials, activists, media personalities, artists, and allies is launching a campaign, led by VOCAL-NY, to get Governor Cuomo to use this year’s state budget to close a loophole that denies affordable housing to homeless and low-income people with HIV/AIDS. Read coverage of the  campaign in the […]

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With New Mayor on Board, Time For Governor to Lead on AIDS Housing January 8, 2014 BY JAMES W. LISTER | After his 12 years in office, I feel I almost don’t remember any mayor other than Michael Bloomberg. And in my memory, he will always be the billionaire mayor whose polices almost left me homeless. I […]

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Mejor calidad de vida para pacientes de VIH/Sida Wanda Hernández / es presidenta de la junta directiva de VOCAL New York. JAN, 21, 2014 Me diagnosticaron VIH en 1995. Comencé a tomar 18 pastillas por día y tenía dos trabajos para llegar a fin de mes. Eventualmente, no pude seguir trabajando por mi enfermedad. Presenté […]

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Drug users say legal syringes sometimes confiscated By SHEILA ANNE FEENEY | January 8, 2014 While police confiscations of syringes have gone down since a state law in 2010 permitted people to carry those that are legally obtained, it still goes on in the city, according to harm reduction educators and some drug users. “There […]

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Please make an end of year donation to support VOCAL’s grassroots activism building power among low-income people affected by HIV and hepatitis C, mass incarceration and the war on drugs. Here’s some of what we helped accomplish this year with your support: – Passed the first law in the country requiring healthcare providers to offer […]