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END AIDS NY 2020 COALITION DEMANDS $10 MILLION FOR ENDING THE EPIDEMIC
City Hall, New York, NY—Representatives from the End AIDS NY 2020 Coalition, made up of 60 AIDS advocacy, service, and research organizations from around New York State will gather on the steps of City Hall on Thursday morning (6/18) to demand that Mayor de Blasio match New York State’s contribution of $10 million dollars towards the Ending the Epidemic Initiative, set forth by Governor Andrew Cuomo in April.
Cuomo released the New York Blueprint for Ending the AIDS Epidemic (ETE) on April 29th, after a Task Force of 63 experts and community leaders, including representatives of key City agencies created the plan and delivered it to him three months prior. The plan is comprised of 30 Blueprint recommendations that, if fully implemented, will decrease new HIV infections in New York State from approximately 3,000 per year to below 750 by the year 2020. In addition, the Blueprint contains seven Getting to Zero (GTZ) recommendations that, if implemented, will further reduce the number of new HIV infections to zero by the year 2020.
While the Governor’s leadership has been crucial to establishing the NY Plan to End AIDS, support from Mayor de Blasio and the New York City Council is vital to the success of the plan, as 80% of all New Yorkers with HIV reside in New York City, and the majority of those are low-income people of color.
“The commitment of $10 million from New York City is essential for effective implementation of the Ending the Epidemic Blueprint,” said Sharen Duke, Executive Director of the AIDS Service Center NYC and member of the Governor’s Ending the Epidemic Task Force. “We are counting on Mayor de Blasio and the New York City Council to make this crucial investment in our city, where communities of color are shouldering a disproportionate burden of the HIV epidemic.”
Advocates and providers are demanding that $10 million be made available for initiatives including enhancing and streamlining linkages to HIV prevention and care at NYC STD clinics, improving access pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (nPEP), extending affordable housing, and expanding vocational training opportunities for people living with HIV/AIDS.
“We are ready to deploy the best of what we know is effective and to scale up new interventions,” said Charles King, CEO for Housing Works and Community Co-Chair of the Task Force. “But that can’t happen without resources.”
“Women of color, including transgender women and young men of color, are continuing to see the highest rates of new infections in our communities. Commitment from Mayor de Blasio to match the State’s investment would ensure that these communities receive the required resources and interventions necessary to reverse this alarming trend,” said Ingrid Floyd, Executive Director of Iris House and Task Force member.
“New Yorkers living with HIV need support to remain on treatment and for us to reach the end of AIDS. We need to make sure that we continue to provide access to harm reduction services and housing, and we need to make sure that everyone, no matter what part of the City they are from or what drugs they use have full access to HIV treatment and prevention, including PrEP,” said Jennifer Flynn, Executive Director of VOCAL-NY and Task Force member.
New York City Council Members are in budget negotiations this week and next. The City charter mandates that budget agreement is reached by the end of June, which will mark the one-year anniversary of Governor Cuomo’s historic announcement.
Biz Ghormley, Director of Development & Communication, ASCNYC
ASCNYC Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Awards Ceremony:
Attendees to include Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer; New York State Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried; New York City Council Members Daniel R. Garodnick, Inez E. Dickens, Corey Johnson, Ben Kallos, and Rosie Mendez
WHAT: ASCNYC Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Awards ceremony attended by NYC dignitaries.
WHEN: Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 10:00am, Ceremony will commence at 10:30am sharp
WHERE: ASCNYC Central, 64 West 35th Street, 3rd floor, between 5th – 6th Avenues
WHO: ASCNYC is a one-stop community resource that annually helps over 3,000 New Yorkers affected by HIV and other chronic conditions make positive changes toward health, housing, recovery, and self-sufficiency. Our nationally acclaimed peer training, access to healthcare, and harm reduction services promote empowerment, stability, and connection to community.
Reception, awards ceremony, and tours of the site to be held Tuesday, April 14th, 2015
New York, NY – On Tuesday, April 14, 2015, ASCNYC (ascnyc.org) will host an Open House Celebration to showcase its new and expanded program site, and to recognize the $905,000 capital grant from The Manhattan Borough President and The New York City Council that made this move possible.
At the ground-breaking ceremony in late 2014, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer noted, “Too often, the social services must work in offices that do not match the caliber of their care and service. This is a wonderful opportunity to make sure ASCNYC can serve New Yorkers in a beautiful space that reflects the quality of its work.”
Now entering its 25th year of service excellence, ASCNYC is one of New York City’s premier multi-service community organizations, promoting positive change for New Yorkers who are seeking health, recovery, and a better future as they navigate life with HIV/AIDS and many other chronic medical conditions.
ASCNYC has expanded our services beyond HIV/AIDS to include hepatitis, diabetes, addiction, mental illness, and other chronic conditions. We’ve forged powerful partnerships with New York City’s biggest and best hospitals—New York Presbyterian, Mount Sinai, and others—to ensure immediate access to high-quality care. Our new housing program in the Bronx is providing safe, beautiful homes for 70 formerly homeless New Yorkers with chronic illnesses. Our harm reduction and recovery programs are expanding through our new OASAS-licensed Outpatient Drug Treatment clinic in Washington Heights and via partnerships with needle exchange programs.
Confirmed attendees include Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer; New York State Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried; New York City Council Members Inez E. Dickens, Daniel R. Garodnick, Ben Kallos, and Rosie Mendez; and NYC Council Member Corey Johnson’s Chief of Staff, Erik Bottcher.
The new site consists of two floors featuring state-of-the-art offices, plus counseling, training, service delivery, and meeting areas designed to optimize ASCNYC’s outstanding services and accommodate the organization’s ongoing growth. The Midtown Central office is one of ASCNYC’s five service sites, including the Keith Haring Harlem Center, CASA Washington Heights, Luis and Lillian’s Outreach Center (Lower East Side), and Pelham Grand (Bronx).
“We are thrilled about our new, custom-designed space in the hub of Herald Square,” said ASCNYC Executive Director and CEO, Sharen I. Duke. “This conveniently located site was thoughtfully designed to provide even more effective and welcoming services for the thousands of people who turn to us for help each year. The move to larger quarters coincides with a period of major expansion as ASCNYC begins its second quarter-century of cutting-edge services.”
ASCNYC is helping more people in more places and in more ways than at any other time, and this new home is a wonderful symbol of that success. The event will feature guided tours of the new space, a reception, and the presentation of awards to elected officials and others who have facilitated ASCNYC’s trajectory of growth.
The 23,896-square-foot space was secured by Marc Shapses of Savills Studley (a leading commercial real estate service firm), custom-designed by architect Murray Levi, and built-out by contractor Toma Krasniqi.
Biz Ghormley, Director of Development & Communication, ASCNYC
ASCNYC moves to expanded and centralized new facilities at 64 West 35th Street in Manhattan
New York, NY – On January 26, 2015, ASCNYC will open its new and expanded “Midtown Central” facilities in Herald Square, moving its administrative offices and program services (including case management, HIV/HCV testing, peer education, housing assistance, etc.) from its former location near Union Square. The move was brokered by Savills Studley, the leading global commercial real estate services firm.
Now entering its 25th year of service excellence, ASCNYC is a premier multi-service community organization, helping New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic conditions to make positive changes in the areas of health, housing, recovery, and self-sufficiency.
ASCNYC’s new offices at 64 W 35th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues) consist of two floors featuring state-of-the-art offices, plus counseling, training, service delivery, and meeting spaces designed to optimize ASCNYC’s outstanding services and accommodate ASCNYC’s ongoing growth and service enhancements. The Midtown Central office is one of ASCNYC’s five service sites, including the Keith Haring Harlem Center, CASA Washington Heights, Luis and Lillian’s Outreach Center (Lower East Side), and Pelham Grand (Bronx).
“We are thrilled about our move to an expanded, custom-designed space in the hub of Herald Square,” said ASCNYC Executive Director and CEO, Sharen I. Duke. “This convenient new site was thoughtfully designed to provide even more effective and welcoming services for the thousands of people who turn to us for help each year. The move coincides with a period of major expansion as ASCNYC begins its second quarter-century of cutting-edge services.”
The Manhattan Borough President’s Office and New York City Council allocated over $900,000 to make this move possible.
In a well-attended ground-breaking ceremony in late 2014, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer noted, “Too often, the social services must work in offices that do not match the caliber of their care and service. This is a wonderful opportunity to make sure ASCNYC can serve New Yorkers in a beautiful space that reflects the quality of its work.”
The 23,896 square-foot space was secured by Savills Studley Executive Managing Director, Marc Shapses; custom-designed by architect Murray Levi; and built-out by contractor Toma Krasniqi.
“ASCNYC had a clear vision regarding what they wanted from their new facilities. After looking at various locations all throughout Manhattan, 64 W 35th Street in Herald Square was the perfect fit, offering ASCNYC their own private entrance to the best location, space, and amenities in line with their long term goals” said Shapses.
“We are proud to have designed new offices that complement the character and support the mission of this very special organization,” said Architect Murray Levi.
ASCNYC’s attractive new offices will be open for client services and all other business on Monday, January 26, 2015. The organization’s Union Square site will close for the move at 1 p.m. on Friday, January 23rd.
The new mailing address is: ASCNYC, 64 West 35th St., 3rd Floor, NYC, NY 10001. ASCNYC’s phone number and email contacts remain the same.
ASCNYC helps New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic conditions make lasting, positive changes toward health, housing, recovery, and self-sufficiency. From nationally acclaimed peer training to poetry workshops, medical care to support groups, thousands of people each year get a second chance to take charge of their health and reclaim their lives with ASCNYC. Learn more at www.ascnyc.org.
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The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH)
Offers New Workshop for Persons Living with HIV/AIDS
The NYC DOHMH will host The Positive Life Workshop onThursday, December 8thin the Bronx. This four hour workshop is for persons living with HIV/AIDS and provides participants with the knowledge, motivation, and skills necessary to improve their health, support their immune system, increase treatment adherence, reduce risk behaviors, and develop health supporting routines. This free, interactive workshop will be coordinated by the NYC DOHMH and led by men and women living with HIV. The workshop will include a variety of empowering presentations, skills building activities, and peer-led group discussions in a safe and confidential space. Continental breakfast and lunch are provided. People who are newly-diagnosed with HIV or who have been out of care for the previous nine months are strongly encouraged to attend.
Please call The Positive Life Workshop registration line to register. The phone number is 347-396-7596.
Pre-registration is required.
The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) will host The Positive Life Workshop: September 28-30, 2011.
The Positive Life Workshop is a new HIV education workshop series for persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). This workshop series will give PLWHA the knowledge, motivation, and skills necessary to improve their health, support their immune system, increase treatment adherence, reduce risk behaviors, and develop health supporting routines. These free, interactive workshops will be coordinated by the NYC DOHMH and led by men and women living with HIV. Workshops will include a variety of empowering presentations, skills building activities, and peer-led group discussions in a safe and confidential space.
Free condoms, metro card, nutritious food, resource manual, health journal, pill box, and health fair will be provided.
A flyer for the workshop can be found here.
For more information or to register for the workshop series, please call 347-396-7596.