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Ending Homelessness: How Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo Can Do It

This report from the Homes for Every New Yorker coalition brings together the best thinking and policy analysis on homeless solutions to show how the de Blasio and Cuomo administrations can eradicate mass homelessness by 2020. We present nine key strategies that, if pursued together, can create homes for every New Yorker over the next […]

VOCAL’s 2015 NY State Legislative & Budget Platform

The New York State legislative session has started, which means we have some work to do! Developed with our membership, this year’s policy platform includes proposals to make housing, transportation, and nutrition assistance for low income people with HIV/AIDS available statewide. Legislation to fully legalize syringe possession. A major new investment in ending the hepatitis […]


September 15, 2014 | VOCAL has released a newly updated policy platform, How to End the Drug Overdose Epidemic in New York, reflecting the latest developments, including passage of a law we championed to allow widespread access to the opioid overdose antidote naloxone. Read or download the paper below New York has a drug overdose crisis. […]

New policy paper on Medicaid funding for harm reduction

VOCAL is pleased to announce the release of a new policy paper on Medicaid funding for harm reduction services, which we developed in collaboration with the Injection Drug Users Health Alliance (IDUHA), a network representing syringe exchange providers in NYC. As part of its efforts to reduce state Medicaid costs, the New York Medicaid Redesign Team […]

New Report on HIV/AIDS & Homelessness in New York

“A home is, you know, sort of like air and water; I think it’s just one of those things that you need to survive as a human being…the four walls that you can call your own that no one can take away from you…” State lawmakers could prevent homelessness for thousands of people living with […]

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Download the executive summary or the new report for Beyond Methadone – Improving Health and Empowering Patients in Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs): Hepatitis C, Overdose Prevention, Syringe Exchange, Buprenorphine, & Other Opportunities to Make Programs Work for Patients. New York has increasingly recognized that drug use is more effectively addressed through health and rights-based approaches, rather than through the criminal justice […]

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  Released on January 29th, 2010, Stuck in the System: Expanding Syringe Access by Reconciling the Penal Code with the Public Health Law documents research findings based on surveys and one-on-one interviews with participants in syringe access programs. Through this research, VOCAL-NY Users Union members sought to explore the impact of the New York State Penal Code and law […]