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
Allocate $10 million to provide equitable access to housing, transportation, and nutrition assistance for income- eligible people living with HIV (PLWH) experiencing homelessness or housing instability in social service districts across the state, including HIV Enhanced Shelter Allowance (ESA) assistance in line with 110% of fair market rents, expand access to the 30% rent cap affordable housing protection to PLWH with disability or other extremely low income who live outside NYC; and transportation and nutrition allowances, and any additional rental costs determined based on limiting rent contributions to 30% of income.
Provides housing and services across the entire state for those living with HIV, resembling those available in NYC through HASA (HIV/AIDS Services Administration).