From our original founding as the NYC AIDS Housing Network (NYCAHN), ending the AIDS epidemic has been at the forefront of our mission.
Central to our approach has been a commitment to fighting for basic needs, especially housing, for people living with HIV. In recent years, VOCAL-NY has also been a leading member of the coalition that made New York State the first jurisdiction in the world to commit to a plan to end AIDS.
VOCAL-NY’s involvement in efforts to end HIV/AIDS, alongside the End the Epidemic coalition, have included community organizing and mobilization, creating pathways for leadership by people with HIV, and deeply engaged policy work on access to housing, harm reduction services, and government appropriations. We use every option available to win greater health and safety for people with HIV, from working on the governor’s End AIDS Task Force to civil disobedience and everything in between.
VOCAL-NY’s HIV/AIDS work is carried out through our Positive Leaders Union, which brings together low-income people living with HIV to fight for their health and rights.
Related LEGISLATION & Demands
Transform the HASA (HIV/AIDS Services Administration) advisory board into a body that functions at its full capacity and advocates for everyday HASA recipients.
Provides housing and services across the entire state for those living with HIV, resembling those available in NYC through HASA (HIV/AIDS Services Administration).