Guest Post by Carmelita Cruz, Director of NY Advocacy
Just before the close of this legislative session, the Governor and Legislature announced several agreements on big ticket items such as ethics reform, daily fantasy sports betting, and the brunch bill (ensuring we all have access to alcoholic beverages earlier on Sundays), as well as release of funding for 1,200 units of supportive housing under the Affordable and Supportive Housing Plan announced earlier this year by Governor Cuomo. This means that a significant portion of the $2 billion set aside in the budget for this plan as yet to be appropriated for the remaining 4,800 units promised by the Governor, as well as other significant housing initiatives including rental assistance expansion for people living with Read More
Posted on June 22, 2016 at 12:31 pm
Albany, NY—In the final days of the 2016 New York State Legislative Session, the Senate and Assembly each passed a bill aimed at decreasing new HIV infections, sponsored by Assemblyman Richard Gottfried (Democrat, Manhattan) and Senator Kemp Hannon (Republican, Long Island).
The bill (A10724/S8129/Governor’s Program Bill #30) will remove provisions requiring informed consent for HIV testing, instead requiring that an individual be advised that an HIV test is going to be performed and that any objection to the test be noted in the patient’s record. This is an effort to increase individual HIV testing statewide by allowing for a more routine and streamlined process. The upper age limit for offering an HIV test will also be removed, now providing …
Posted on June 17, 2016 at 6:05 pm
Summer is (almost) here! This weekend is going to prove it too, with sunny skies and warm temperatures! Ahhhh summer…..
And Father’s Day. Did it slip your mind? It’s okay, it happens to the best of us. Make the fathers in your life feel like Kings for the Day. This Saturday, June 18, our West Village and Brooklyn Heights Shops will be stocked with ties, watches, bags and other great gifts for Dad.
Thinking of hitting up the beach this weekend? SoHo’s Swimsuit Edition has all the beach essentials to make your fun in the sun happen in the most chic way possible! But we won’t stop there — we’ve got the anthems of your entire …
Posted on June 16, 2016 at 3:40 pm
A statement by Housing Works President & CEO Charles King on the massacre in Orlando, Florida, at Pulse Night Club, where 49 LGBT people and allies were murdered and over 50 more were injured.
Thirty-one years ago, on the first Sunday in June, I preached my last sermon as the assistant pastor of Immanuel Missionary Baptist Church in New Haven, Connecticut. I preached on the text found in three of the Christian Gospels on the woman with the issue of blood. Perhaps from a fistula, this woman had been bleeding vaginally continuously for 12 years. While this hemorrhaging might have had many medical consequences, clearly the worst consequence was that, under the religious code, she was deemed “unclean,” making it socially unacceptable for …
Posted on June 15, 2016 at 9:35 am
New York, NY—This week, U.N. General Assembly Member States attended the 2016 United Nations High-Level Meeting (HLM) on Ending AIDS, where they pledged to pursue a course of action to end the global AIDS epidemic by the year 2030 and discussed a strategy to achieve that objective. Toward that end, on the first day of the three-day summit, members adopted a new Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS that includes a set of specific targets for the year 2020.
However, activists walked out of the meeting after the new resolution was adopted to draw attention to critical items missing from the document—among them, stronger funding commitments for key populations affected by HIV and commitments to the human …
Posted on June 9, 2016 at 11:29 am
Housing Works is pleased to be partnering with BRIC TV *to present *Pride 20/20: LGBTQ Civil Rights, a live-broadcast, town hall-style discussion, June 14 at 7pm. The discussion, hosted by Brian Vines (Senior Correspondent, BRIC TV), will create a powerful dialogue around LGBTQ rights and equality over the next four years.
It’s a movement that found political voice at Stonewall, power during the AIDS epidemic, and a won a key national victory with gay marriage. But there’s still work to be done, so where do we go from here?
On June 14th at BRIC House (647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY) we’ll bring together journalists, activists, artists and elected officials to look at issues like LGBTQ civil rights, job …
Posted on June 8, 2016 at 5:15 pm
Twenty-two civil society organizations on five continents that provide services for LGBT communities, drug users, and other marginalized populations have been excluded from the 2016 United Nations High-Level Meeting (HLM) on Ending AIDS by an anonymous veto from a UN member state. To address this situation, a coalition of allies, including Housing Works, ICASO, Pangea Global AIDS, Coalition for Vulnerable Communities (CVC), African Services Committee, EANNASO, GNP+, and MSM Global Forum, organized a side event, The Impact of Civil Society Exclusion on Ending the AIDS Epidemic by 2030, to shed light on the harm done by omitting LGBT communities, drug users, and other marginalized populations from international efforts to end the AIDS epidemic.…
Posted on June 8, 2016 at 3:28 pm
Do not miss tomorrow night’s Ask Roulette! It’s the conversation series where strangers ask each other questions, live on stage. Come with a question and you’ll be randomly paired — answer a question first, then you get to turn around and ask someone your question. You can also just join the crowd and watch. Questions can be silly, serious, weird, whatever. And you might get a chance for one-on-one with this show’s featured guests: Akilah Hughes (It’s Akilah, Obviously!, Fusion) and DAPWELL (Das Racist, Chillin’ Island). Hosted by Jody Avirgan, with house band Eli Bolin.
And what else do we have coming up this month? Well, the incredible likes of Mychal Denzel Smith with Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib and Ashley C. Ford; Bojack …
Posted on June 8, 2016 at 1:41 pm