Dispatches from the fight against homelessness and AIDS
Posted by Sunny Bjerk , January 11, 2013
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On October 29, 2012, New York City faced what many consider the worst natural disaster in the city’s history at the hands of Hurricane Sandy. The storm severely impacted operations at 16 different Housing Works locations, and in some cases, sites had to be closed and residents evacuated.
In total, disruption of operations and the evacuation cost Housing Works approximately $600,000 in emergency expenses and lost revenue. And to a HIV/AIDS nonprofit organization like Housing Works, this loss has been devastating.
But there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
We are proud to report that an anonymous donor has given Housing Works $750,000 to help us support our efforts to aid people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS and homelessness. This donation is so valuable for Housing Works and our ability to do serve our hundreds of clients who are affected by HIV/AIDS and homelessness and offer them the best in primary care, behavioral services, and will also ensure our clients have a safe place to rely on.
And this aid couldn’t have come at a better time. As you may have seen last night on NY1, due to Cylar House’s location in (mandatory) evacuation zone A, the site was hit especially hard, and Cylar House is still without a working telephone line. This lack of a phone line has made it extremely difficult for clients to get in touch with their doctors, case managers, and counselors to schedule appointments, discuss health issues, or speak to someone in the case of an emergency. You can view footage of Cylar House and the news story here.
We will use this wonderful donation to speed up our recovery efforts post-Hurricane Sandy at Cylar House and our other sixteen sites. Best of all, this donation will help us continue to support people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS and homeless and other chronic conditions.
If you would like to make a donation and support people living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic conditions during our recovery efforts, please visit our donation page.
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