SAVING OUR HOMES, SAVING OUR LIVES:
A WORLD AIDS DAY AWARDS RECEPTION
Benefiting Supportive Housing Programs for Persons Living with HIV & AIDS
ACADEMY-AWARD-NOMINATED ACTRESS ROSIE PEREZ
RECIPIENT OF THE WORLD AIDS DAY HUMANITARIAN AWARD
RECIPIENT OF THE WORLD AIDS DAY HUMANITARIAN AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM
Fox-5 NY News Reporter
& Hot 97.1 FM Talk Show Host
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“Saving Our Homes, Saving Our Lives” Event Description
Stable housing allows persons living with HIV/AIDS to access comprehensive healthcare and adhere to complex HIV/AIDS drug therapies. Throughout many communities, persons living with HIV/AIDS risk losing their housing due to compounding factors, such as increased medical costs, discrimination, limited incomes or reduced ability to keep working due to related illnesses.
To address housing needs for low-income persons and families who are living with HIV/AIDS, Bridging Access to Care, will hold the “Saving Our Homes, Saving Our Lives” Awards Reception as it works to enhance awareness of the plight of low-income individuals living with HIV/AIDS throughout New York City, specifically in Brooklyn. The funds raised during the Reception helps to offset and secure funding essentials to maintaining the housing support services so desperately needed for individuals in our community who are HIV-positive and facing homelessness. In addition, funds are needed to properly furnish the homes of formerly homeless HIV/AIDS person including food and pantry items.
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About Bridging Access to Care Housing Programs
Bridging Access to Care (BAC) has 122 units of permanent scatter-site supportive housing, including 50 units funded for HASA NY/NY III Population H clients in Brooklyn. Additionally, BAC operates a Housing Placement Assistance (HPA) program funded by PHS through DOH to assist HASA clients find permanent housing. Finding landlords/brokers willing to rent to our HASA clients has become increasingly difficult. Maintaining our leases with these landlords has become increasingly difficult as well. BAC has investigated the causes of these difficulties. Although gentrification itself creates a barrier to renting to non-profit organizations limited by specific rental guidelines, there is a second, significant barrier to securing permanent housing for people with HIV/AIDS.
The Department of Homeless Services is running a rental assistance program called “LINC.” The program staff at BAC who are trying to obtain and maintain leases to provide permanent housing for people living with HIV/AIDS are being told by landlords and brokers that they do not want to rent to HASA clients because if they rent to LINC clients instead, they are allotted higher rents and signing bonuses, in addition to enhanced real estate fees. Since they make more money renting to LINC clients, they feel they lose money by renting to HASA clients.
However, HASA clients are excluded from the LINC program. In order to qualify for LINC, clients have to be in a city shelter for 3-4 months. Since HASA clients reside in SROs (single room occupancy) and not city shelters, they are disqualified from this enhanced housing benefit.
This translates to homeless people living with HIV/AIDS remaining homeless for longer lengths of time. Although the intent was surely not discriminatory, the result is that homeless people living with HIV/AIDS are discriminated against in the NYC housing market.
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