Browsing Category 'HIV/AIDS'

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Activists slam Mayor’s HIV/AIDS care cuts Posted: Friday, February 17, 2012 By STEPHON JOHNSON Amsterdam News Staff Another group left out in the cold by Mayor Michael Bloomberg? The New York City mayor’s preliminary budget proposal for fiscal year 2013 wouldn’t restore funding for housing, nutrition and prevention services for homeless and low-income people living with HIV/AIDS. According […]

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Contact: Jaron Benjamin, (718) 864-3932, HIV-Positive New Yorkers & Allies Plan March On HRA To Protest Housing Policies, Will Demand Commissioner Robert Doar Take Drug Test In Response to New Screening Policy HRA Commissioner Under Fire For Saying He Would Get “Tough” On Homeless and Unstably Housed People Living With HIV/AIDS & Proposing More […]

Holding the HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA) Accountable

The City Council General Welfare Committee held a hearing into recent changes at the HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA) on February 8, 2012 that we believe will increase homelessness among low-income New Yorkers.  The hearing was covered by the Associated Press, “NY policymakers grilled over HIV/AIDS housing help,” which quoted VOCAL-NY’s Board Chair Wanda Hernandez criticizing one of […]

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Associated Press: NY policymakers grilled over HIV/AIDS housing help Feb. 8, 2012 | Cristian Salazar, AP (Excerpt – read the full story here) NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Council members grilled policymakers at a packed hearing Wednesday over recent changes to public assistance policies that they worry could lead to increased homelessness and risky […]

HIV/AIDS Cuts in Bloomberg’s Budget Proposal

February 2nd, 2012 Contact: Jaron Benjamin, 718-864-3932, Bloomberg’s Hypocritical Budget Proposal Slashes HIV/AIDS Housing, Nutrition & Prevention Programs Mayor Bloomberg’s preliminary FY13 budget proposal fails to restore funding for housing, nutrition and prevention services for homeless and low-income people living with HIV/AIDS.  Because City Council made one-time restorations in the FY12 enacted budget (or the […] Profiles VOCAL-NY Board Member Wayne Starks’ Fight Against Hep C, HIV & Homelessness

Back in the Driver’s Seat: How Wayne Starks successfully navigated addiction, homelessness and coinfection with HIV and hep C. (Also available at by Reed Vreeland | January 3, 2012 For Wayne Starks, 51, a former New York City bus driver and the father of two, finding the strength to stay sober has been central to his […]

City Limits: City, AIDS Activists Clash Over Fees

Advocates say a Bloomberg administration reduction of brokers’ fees paid under an HIV/AIDS housing program has made life harder for HIV-positive clients. By Patrick Arden | Monday, Dec 12, 2011 Betsy Idelfonso, who is HIV positive, in the bedroom she hopes her twins will share when she regains custody of them. She blames city policy changes for the […]

Huffington Post: Homeless In New York Highlighted In Aftermath Of Occupy Wall Street Zuccotti Eviction

Huffington Post: Homeless In New York Highlighted In Aftermath Of Occupy Wall Street Zuccotti Eviction By: Tyler Kingkade | 12/19/11 When Occupy Wall Street protesters took over a park in Lower Manhattan this fall, they drew attention, perhaps inadvertently, to a problem playing out on the very lowest end of the economic spectrum: Homelessness. Their cardboard signs demanded all sorts […]