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In order to create healthy and just communities, VOCAL-NY is driving action on several issue areas that affect low-income people living with HIV/AIDS, the drug war, mass incarceration, and homelessness. To do this, we come prepared with our lived experience and the facts.

Search and sort through our reports, press statements, and other resources below.

January 26, 2023
People living in New York City deserve to caring & compassionate local government. VOCAL-NY released the following platform of demands for the New York City Council to adopt and make...
January 6, 2023
The disruption to the social fabric caused by COVID-19, exacerbated by a failed government response that left over 1 million people dead and a social service safety net in even...
January 6, 2023
The continued harm from criminalization, incarceration, and the legacy of former Governor Cuomo’s austerity have resulted in a historic number of New Yorkers dying from preventable overdoses, record high homelessness,...
November 1, 2022
Every person remanded to Rikers Island faces the potential of a death sentence. This year has now surpassed 2021 in the number of deaths on Rikers Island – an alarming...
June 7, 2022
VOCAL-NY is dedicated to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic, drug war, mass incarceration and homelessness across New York State. VOCAL-NY’s four different unions are releasing the following demands for the New...
April 12, 2022
On a given night, there are approximately 72,000 New Yorkers sleeping in NYC shelters and 2,300 sleeping on the streets. 2021 was the deadliest year on record for homeless New...
April 4, 2022
Honorable Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Honorable Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie NYS Capitol Building  Albany, NY 12224   Re: Safer Consumption Services Act (S603/A224), Senator Rivera/Assembly Member L. Rosenthal Dear Senate...
March 30, 2022
The Honorable Kathy HochulGovernor of New York StateNYS State Capitol BuildingAlbany, NY 12224 Hon. Andrea Stewart-CousinsNew York State Senate Majority Leader188 State StreetLegislative Office Building, Room 907Albany, NY 12247 Hon....
March 9, 2022
In 2021, organizing won big for low-income New Yorkers. Through multiple moves, a global pandemic, and the worst rates of overdose ever recorded, our harm reduction services continued providing life-saving...
February 15, 2022
Letter to : Honorable Governor Kathy HochulHonorable Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-CousinsHonorable Speaker Carl H. Heastie NYS Capitol Building, Albany, NY 12224 The Housing Access Voucher Program is the Tool...
February 10, 2022
Improving Health and Empowering Patients in Opioid Treatment ProgramsHepatitis C, Overdose Prevention, Syringe Exchange, Buprenorphine& Other Opportunities to Make Programs Work For Patients By: VOCAL-NY and the Urban Justice Center
February 7, 2022
VOCAL-NY is dedicated to ending the AIDS epidemic, drug war, mass incarceration and homelessness in New York State. We do this by building the power of low-income people directly impacted...
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