Action Alert: Help Restore Critical Funding for New York City AIDS Services
Tell DHS to Use Stimulus Dollars for HIV Services
May 1, 2009
Mayor Bloomberg just released his draft plan for the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP), which is part of the stimulus package signed into law by President Obama. The City will receive $74 million in federal funding that must be spent within the next three years.
Although homeless New Yorkers, including people with HIV/AIDS, receive services from different City agencies, the vast majority of the stimulus money may stay at the Department of Homeless Services (DHS). The DHS needs to hear that a portion of those funds should go to homeless people living with HIV/AIDS!
The HPRP money could restore approximately $6 million in proposed city budget cuts to homelessness prevention among people with HIV/AIDS. Send comments to DHS urging them to share HPRP funding with HRA/HASA! The public comment period is open from now until May 11!
Key Points for Letters
Mayor Bloomberg's current budget proposal would make two major cuts to HRA/HASA-contracted programs that would increase homelessness among peple with HIV/AIDS. The first would dramatically cut funding supportive housing case management (Scatter Site 1 and congregate) by 50%. The second would completely eliminate Scatter Site 2, a program that helps homeless PLWHAs transition to permanent housing. The budget also fails to continue funding for anti-eviction legal assistance that helps people remain stably housed.
Letters can be addressed to: NYC Department of Homeless Services / 33 Beaver Street, Room 2011 / New York, NY 10007 or emailed to email@example.com.
A copy of the draft plan is available at: www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/pub/amdhomeconpln2008.shtml
For assistance, contact Sean Barry at firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 802-9540, ext 10. Please send a copy of any public comment as well.
This article was provided by Housing Works. It is a part of the publication Housing Works AIDS Issues Update. Visit Housing Works' website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.