Action Alert: Help Restore Critical Funding for New York City AIDS Services
Tell DHS to Use Stimulus Dollars for HIV Services
May 1, 2009
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
A copy of the draft plan is available at: www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/pub/amdhomeconpln2008.shtml
For assistance, contact Sean Barry at email@example.com 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.