Browsing Category 'HIV/AIDS'

The Advocate

NYC Council Saves HIV/AIDS, Homeless LGBT Services BY MICHELLE GARCIA | JUNE 26 2012 (An excerpt is below, view the full article at The Advocate online) New York City advocates spoke out after the City Council voted to retain funding for several key services, including the Runaway and Homeless Youth Services program, and funding for HIV/AIDS housing […]

City Budget Deal Restores HIV/AIDS Housing & Nutrition Funding

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | June 25, 2012 CONTACT: Bianca Paraguya, 626.674.4647, bianca@vocal-ny.org | Wayne Starks, 347.423.6201  City Budget Deal Restores HIV/AIDS Housing & Nutrition Funding  Speaker Christine Quinn and General Welfare Committee Chair Annabel Palma Lead Fight Against Mayor’s Attack on People With HIV/AIDS  Quinn recently told Gay City News she would allow the Bloomberg administration to […]

Jim and Sen Duane

[Download a fact sheet on the 30% rent cap AIDS housing bill here.] Contact: Jim Lister, 760.522.0458 | Jaron Benjamin, 718.864.3932 Statement on Senator Thomas K. Duane’s decision not to seek another term. Jim Lister, a VOCAL-NY leader who is a client of the HIV/AIDS Services Administration and a longtime West Village resident, issued the following […]

Bloomberg’s Budget Breaks Promise To House Homeless People With AIDS

(This press release is in response to Mayor Bloomberg’s Executive Budget. For background on Bloomberg’s proposed HIV/AIDS cuts, see our fact sheet.) May 3, 2012 | Contact: Jaron Benjamin, 718-864-3932 (cell) Bloomberg’s Budget Breaks Promise To House Homeless People With AIDS; Delays Promised NY/NY III Units As Part of Plan to Cut $10 Million in Housing […]

ACT UP & Occupy – Tax Wall Street To Fight AIDS

On April 25th, VOCAL-NY joined ACT UP for a march marking their 25th anniversary that called for a Financial Speculation Tax, also known as the “Robin Hood Tax,” to fund domestic and global healthcare, including universal access to HIV/AIDS treatment. A Robin Hood Tax would raise revenue to save lives while discouraging speculative activity that helped […]

Alternet

Sending the Sick Into the Streets? How Drug Tests Will Lock Homeless New Yorkers With HIV/AIDS Out of Shelters By Jaron Benjamin and Mike Selick April 26, 2012 There is an awful trend toward drug testing for public benefits sweeping through our nation. In late 2011, Florida began drug testing for the Temporary Assistance for Needy […]

New York HIV/AIDS Housing Conference: Housing & Healthcare Reform

Monday, May 7th 9AM – 3PM Center for Worker Education – Murphy Institute – CUNY 25 West 43rd Street, 18th Floor, Manhattan   Housing for people living with HIV/AIDS is essential for improving health and prevention outcomes. The conference will include presentations by housing providers and government officials discussing the most important program and policy […]

Doar Wayne near office

HRA Commissioner Robert Doar just released another major HASA policy announcement under the radar, this time through a far-right think tank. According to the Manhattan Institute, 1,300 dependents of HASA clients will now be required to work, which will change the overall household budget for HASA clients and presumably result in sanctions for people living with HIV/AIDS […]

Remembering Ramon Velasquez

Ramon Velasquez crossed over on March 27th at a nursing home in Staten Island. He was a longterm survivor of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C and a fierce community activist. A service will be held on March 29th from 6pm – 8pm at Brooklyn Funeral home at 2380 Pacific Street. Ramon is survived by his brother, daughter, […]

Atlantic

The War on Drug Users: Are Syringe Exchanges Immoral? (Elizabeth Owens and Cindy G. are leaders in VOCAL-NY and active in campaigns to prevent fatal overdose and expand syringe access.) MAR 13 2012 | JULIE TURKEWITZ For nearly four decades, Elizabeth Owens injected heroin in shooting galleries across New York City, handing over a bag of dope for […]

NYT

Familiarity With Drugs Helps a Group Speak for Users (A New York Times profile of our allies at the San Francisco Drug Users Union mentioned VOCAL-NY’s work to prevent HIV, hepatitis C and overdose deaths in New York. Read the full story here.) “Yet with attitudes about drugs and the drug war seemingly evolving in […]

village voice

HIV/AIDS Protestors Descend on Robert Doar’s Home, Commute By Sam Levin Wed., Feb. 29 2012 And you thought your morning commute was rough. HIV/AIDS activists from Voices Of Community Advocates & Leaders (VOCAL-NY) – an organization that advocates for the rights of HIV-positive New Yorkers — got up bright and early this to stakeout and protest Human Resources Administration Commissioner Robert Doar at his Brooklyn Heights home before […]