Hundreds of people living with HIV/AIDS and service providers travelled to Albany on March 19th to call for an end to the AIDS epidemic in New York by 2020. (Media coverage included the Albany Times Union, CBS Albany and Capital New York, and you can see photos from the day here.)
State Health Commissioner Nirav Shah spoke about how New York can lead the way in ending the AIDS epidemic, including reducing the number of new infections each year from 3,400 to under 730 by the end of this decade. And Housing Works CEO Charles King delivered a barn-burner of a speech about the leadership needed to the epidemic.
A dozen Senate and Assembly leaders spoke alongside VOCAL leaders and allies at the rally, including “30% rent cap” bill sponsors Senator Brad Hoylman and Assembly Members Deborah Glick and Robert Rodriguez, along with Senators Gustavo Rivera, Daniel Squadron and Velmanette Montgomery, and Assembly Members Barbara Clark, Richard Gottfried, Ellen Jaffee, Daneil O’Donnell, Felix Ortiz, Luis Sepulveda, and Matthew Titone. (Read the community recommendations for strategies needed to end the epidemic.)
We can’t stop now. The legislature is expected to approve the “30% rent cap” affordable housing protection as part of the state budget early next week. Many of us have fought for nearly a decade to enact this important measure, which will prevent homelessness for over 10,000 low-income people living with HIV/AIDS and enable hundreds more to move out of the shelter system. On Thursday, April 3rd at 10:30am there will be a rally to mark this milestone – we hope you’ll join us!
What: Rally & press conference in support of the “30% rent cap” affordable housing protection
When: Thursday, 4/3 at 10:30 a.m
Where: City Hall Steps
Travel: 4,5,6,J,M,Z to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall; 2,3 to Park Place; R,W to City Hall
Contact: Jason Walker, 917-200-1153, Jason@VOCAL-NY.org
Special thanks to the following organizations who participated in the March 19th rally to end AIDS in New York – African Services Committee, AIDS Center of Queens County (ACQC), AIDS Healthcare Foundation, AIDS Services Center NYC, Bailey House, BOOM!Health, Diaspora Community Services, FACES, Federal Protestant Welfare Agency (FPWA), Gay Men Health Crisis (GMHC), Harlem United, HELP/PSI, Heritage Health and Housing, Housing Works, Iris House, Long Island Minority AIDS Council (LIMAC), Praxis Housing Initiatives, New York Harm Reduction Educators (NYRHE), St. Ann’s Corner of Harm Reduction, & Washington Heights CORNER Project.