When we began in 1999, VOCAL-NY (then the NYC AIDS Housing Network) emerged as one of the leading groups to win quality, stable housing for people living with HIV/AIDS to improve health outcomes, and literal life expectancies of people whose homelessness could have been a death sentence.
During these early years we joined coalitions to support the larger fight for affordable housing for all, and to end homelessness. We played a leading role in campaigns to strengthen rent laws, and build more affordable housing.
While our primary focus is to win quality housing for low-income people impacted by the war on drugs, mass incarceration and HIV/AIDS, we are dedicated to the belief that safe, affordable and stable housing is a human right for all.
This work is carried out by our Homelessness Union, which unites people who are currently or formerly homeless to win quality housing.
Related LEGISLATION & Demands
New York State must invest $1 Billion to fully fund a program passed last year that supports the state and nonprofits to purchase distressed hotels and commercial spaces to convert them to affordable housing.
A state-funded rental assistance program which dedicates at least 50% of the program’s vouchers to help homeless New Yorkers across the state find stable housing.