Albany, NY—After an almost three-week break—and following closely on the heels of another on-time State budget—legislators are back in Albany this week, and already, two pieces of legislation that are integral to ending AIDS as an epidemic in New York have made significant progress.
GENDA Passed by State Assembly Codes Committee
The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), a bill that would add gender identity or expression to the Human Rights Law, passed out of the Assembly Codes Committee. GENDA has passed the Assembly nearly a dozen times over the past decade, and we expect it to pass again this year without issue. (That doesn’t preclude anyone from contacting their Assembly Member and asking them to support the bill.)
Healthy Teens …
Posted on April 23, 2015 at 5:08 pm
NY Ending the AIDS Epidemic Blueprint Will Save Lives & State Money
Housing Works made national news this week when the Associated Press’s Michael Virtanen reported on the Housing Works and The Treatment Action Group’s Ending the Epidemic fiscal report, which shows that the Governor’s Plan to End AIDS by 2020 will translate into $4.5 Billion in net Medicaid savings for New York State.
Housing Works and The Treatment Action Group (TAG) have released a report that analyzes the fiscal impact of meeting New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to end the AIDS epidemic in the State by the year 2020. The analysis shows that proposed new investments in the State’s HIV response could generate as much as …
Posted on April 22, 2015 at 2:49 pm
Spring has finally sprung, and even though all you want to do is sit in a park and soak up the sun, too bad for you because we have so many ridiculously good events to come to this month. Monday, April 20 the Game of Totes comes to a final conclusion, and we’ll finally learn which literary tote bags will rule them all, with special guests including Saeed Jones and Jen Doll. Next week, we have an amazing line-up of poets helping us celebrate National Poetry Month, with readings by Sharon Olds, Matthew Rorher, Cate Marvin, Danez Smith, Wendy Xu, Rickey Laurentiis, & Patricia Smith on Tuesday, April 28.
And we’re finishing up April with another edition of our famed literary speed dating, I Like …
Posted on April 15, 2015 at 11:35 pm
THANK YOU to everyone who responded to our Action Alerts last week! Your hard work paid off! Your advocacy made a big impact on the budget’s implementation of the plan to End the AIDS Epidemic in New York.
Partial Victories on Decriminalizing Condoms & Syringes
On March 24, we asked you to contact the Governor and Senate and ask them to support the Assembly’s language to decriminalize syringes and condoms, and your advocacy made a difference! Because of the number of people who contacted the Governor’s office, we forced the conversation around this language to proceed and achieved a partial victory: while we didn’t get the comprehensive language that would have completely decriminalized condoms and syringes, there was language …
Posted on April 8, 2015 at 4:46 pm
This may be a sweeping generalization, but we truly believe that all thrifters experience the same triumphant feeling when we score something amazing. Like our friend Tales from the Thrift says, we'll probably tell you–before you even ask–how much we paid for this top or that piece of furniture. Well thrifters, we want to reward you for your passion, and empower you to brag about your amazing finds–no matter where you get them. Announcing our NEW monthly I Heart Thrifting Instagram Sweepstakes. It's easy to enter:
1. Follow @housingworks (that's us!) on Instagram
2. Upload a photo or video showing a thrift find you love
3. Tag @housingworks and use the hashtag #iheartthrifting in your post
Posted on April 7, 2015 at 11:01 am
The state of Indiana is facing the worst HIV outbreak in its history. As the Washington Post reports, “Since the first diagnosis in mid-December, the number of infected there and in the surrounding region has skyrocketed — 26 by the beginning of March, 72 as of this Wednesday. It’s the worst HIV outbreak in state history, and has local and federal officials scrambling to stem the spread of the disease.”
This spread in HIV has been attributed to intravenous drug use, and is causing the Republican Governor to re-evaluate needle exchange programs, which until last week have been outlawed in Indiana. Governor Mike Pence announced that Indiana would implement a short-term needle exchange program in an attempt to stop the spread …
Posted on April 6, 2015 at 11:45 am
Amber Tamblyn & Yo La Tengo, Clarissa Fest!, Poetry Party, & Queer Ladies Speed Dating with CoverSpy
We’re forging into April with a bang: Monday, April 6, Amber Tamblyn, Yo La Tengo, & Dorothea Lasky launch Tamblyn’s poetry collection Dark Sparkler (sold out, add your name to the waitlist, a limited number of tickets will be released). On Thursday, April 9, we’re singing na-na-na-na-na-na-na with a special evening with the creator and headwriter of Clarissa Explains It All, presented by Flavorpill. Later this month, we’re hosting a special National Poetry Month bash on Tuesday, April 28 with Patricia Smith, Sharon Olds, Matthew Rohrer, Cate Marvin, Danez Smith, Rickey Laurentiis & Wendy Xu. And we’re excited to say tickets are now on sale for our beloved literary speed dating, I Like Your Glasses! Queer Ladies, co-hosted by CoverSpy, on Wednesday, April 29.…
Posted on April 1, 2015 at 12:04 am
ACTION ALERT! Tell Governor Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Heastie, and Senate Majority Leader Skelos to remove the proposed 340b language from the NYS budget!
Ending AIDS requires maintaining government support for community health care. Congress enacted the 340B drug-pricing law to enable covered entities, including federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) to “stretch scarce Federal resources as far as possible.” The Governor’s budget currently includes proposals that would eliminate 340B revenue. These changes would undercut resources for Ryan White providers and FQHCs, which serve many of the same at-risk populations that are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. That would mean diminished health-care access for our most marginalized citizens, and ultimately it undermines the Ending the Epidemic goals. For this reason, …
Posted on March 26, 2015 at 5:15 pm