Contact: Christine Campbell, HW VP for national advocacy and organizing
A letter released today by over 70 Maryland-based doctors, nurses, and professors representing esteemed leaders in the medical field urges immediate action by Congress to lift the ban on federal funding for Syringe Services Programs (SSPs). They letter calls on Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski to push her colleagues on the issue.
To AIDS and public-health activists’ applause, the federal ban was finally lifted in 2009 after being in place for 21 years, then reinstated at Republican urging in late 2011 as part of a broad spending bill.
As the Senate Appropriations Chair, Sen. Mikulski is in a unique position to once again lift the ban …
Posted on December 12, 2013 at 6:34 pm
In an important decision for the transgender community, New York State Supreme Court Justice Debra Silber has ruled in Wilson v. Phoenix House that Plaintiff Sabrina Wilson must be allowed to proceed with her discrimination case against Phoenix House, a national alcohol and drug treatment provider. Armen H. Merjian, Senior Staff Attorney at Housing Works, was the counsel for Ms. Wilson.
Ms. Wilson, who has identified as female since she was 14, entered Phoenix House as an alternative to incarceration. Despite her gender identity, Phoenix House prohibited Ms. Wilson from dressing as a woman, from sitting among women in meetings, and from joining a woman’s support group, even after she won the support of the women in that group.
Ultimately, Phoenix House failed to …
Posted on December 12, 2013 at 5:57 pm
The Jefferson Avenue Residence will provide 12 studio units of supportive housing in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, for formerly homeless persons with HIV/AIDS. The facility contains community spaces and staff offices on the first floor, a rear yard for resident usage, and a laundry room on the rooftop. The facility is our “greenest” yet as it includes a green roof, no-VOC paint, FSC and formaldehyde-free wood, floor tiles made from recycled materials, Energy-Star appliances, and LED lighting.
In addition to safe, stable housing, residents of 874 Jefferson Avenue will have access to a complete range of empowerment activities on-site, at other Housing Works locations, and through other community-based service providers. It is anticipated that all of the residents at 874 Jefferson Avenue …
Posted on December 11, 2013 at 4:02 pm
On December 2, thirty-one AIDS agencies including Housing Works sent this letter to federal health honcho Kathleen Sebelius asking her to crack down on Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) plans throughout the country that are making things hard on HIV+ folks by not letting plan shoppers see their drug formularies, not covering preferred one-pill-daily HIV formulations or charging outrageous cost-sharing on HIV meds, such as 50 percent of the price of meds that cost thousands of dollars a month.
The letter also asks that the feds ensure that HIV patients are allowed to stay with their preexisting doctors. The letter reminds that such enforcement is in keeping with the ACA clause barring discrimination from plans based on preexisting or …
Posted on December 11, 2013 at 1:17 pm
We want to take a moment to highlight a story the NYTimes put on its cover last Friday. It lays bare something that the NYC health department neither highlighted amid its recent reports boasting that HIV infections in NYC are down 38 percent over the past decade nor has put out any major public campaigns about: Even though poor young Black and Latino men who have sex with men make up less than 1 percent of the national population, they continue to make up 25 percent of new HIV infections nationally—and nearly half of new infections in NYC.
The article also includes transgender women of color in this group.
Here is the meat of the story in …
Posted on December 9, 2013 at 1:56 pm
Since 2008, Housing Works has worked with HIV/AIDS and LGBT groups in Haiti. Housing Works opened an office there in Port-au-Prince in 2010 after the country’s devastating earthquake. Below follows a dispatch from Edner Boucicaut, who heads up HW’s Haiti office, on last month’s training session for using human-rights software for HW Haiti and other HIV/AIDS and LGBT groups in the country:
This is a joint initiative of Housing Works and UNAIDS, forming part of a wide awareness-raising campaign against homophobia and to combat violence and discrimination towards LGBTs and people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHIVs).
Martus Human Rights Software is an important tool for collecting key data in the strictest confidence on all …
Posted on December 9, 2013 at 12:26 pm
On Sunday December 1, World AIDS Day 2013, hundreds of activists from Housing Works, GMHC, ACRIA, TAG, VOCAL-NY, ACT-UP NY, Bailey House, Boom!Health and more gathered in Times Square to deliver a clear message to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and NYC mayor-elect Bill De Blasio: The city and state have the tools necessary to end AIDS in NY by 2020; now we need the political will and leadership to coordinate a plan to do it.
This video captures the best moments from the speeches at the rally, which were made by Housing Works CEO Charles King, GMHC interim CEO Janet Weinberg, ACT-UP’s Jim Eigo and Matthew Rodriguez, Bailey House CEO …
Posted on December 6, 2013 at 12:17 am
Here is some really cool video for you (specifically minutes 83:13 through 85:40). On Tuesday, Dec 3, at a NY State health summit overseen by NYS health commissioner Nirav R. Shah, activists from the longtime-transgender-serving Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) got up on stage with posters to demand that NY Medicaid start covering transgender health treatments such as gender-reassignment surgery and hormone therapy. They were preceded by an audience member who got up to the microphone to make that demand for them.
As reported here by GLAAD, which has partnered with SRLP on this issue:
“Thank you for your comments, I really appreciate your spotlighting certainly one of the bigger disparities we need to face and confront …
Posted on December 5, 2013 at 4:47 pm