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GMHC Responds to Governor's Action on Supportive Housing Memorandum of Understanding







September 14, 2016
Contact: Danielle Filson |646-335-0443|


New York, New York –

GMHC released the following statement in response to Governor Cuomo’s decision to direct the New York State Division of Budget to execute a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to release the first conditional awards to support the development of 1,200 units of supportive housing for vulnerable New Yorkers who are at risk of homelessness. These awards represent a major step forward in the Governor’s unprecedented $2.6 billion, five-year plan to construct 6,000 new supportive housing units across New York State.
Agreement of the MOU is still needed from the State Senate and Assembly. Once all parties agree, the MOU will release the full $2 billion in funding appropriated in the 2016-17 State Budget.

Gay Men’s Health Crisis is very pleased to see Governor Cuomo making progress on his pledge to increase supportive housing in New York State. In our 35 years of serving those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, GMHC knows firsthand the effects homelessness and housing insecurity can have on both physical and mental health.
Every day at GMHC, we see low income New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS who are homeless or on the brink of losing their homes. Homelessness jeopardizes the success of interventions to fight the epidemic, making it harder for people living with HIV/AIDS to adhere to treatment, adopt proper nutrition, and practice safer sex and other forms of HIV prevention. Increasing supportive housing opportunities for people with HIV/AIDS is sorely needed to reach our goal of ending AIDS as an epidemic in New York State by 2020.
GMHC is hopeful the State Legislature will sign the Memorandum of Understanding and that the State will specifically target individuals living with HIV/AIDS.



About Gay Men's Health Crisis

Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) is the nation's leading provider of HIV and AIDS care, prevention services and advocacy, serving nearly 10,000 people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS in New York City, the epicenter of the epidemic in the U.S. As the world's first HIV and AIDS service organization, GMHC is an expert in providing services that every person affected by the epidemic deserves. GMHC is on the front lines caring for people who are both HIV negative and positive, including: testing, nutrition, legal, mental health and education services. GMHC also advocates for stronger public policies at the local, state and federal level with the goal of ending AIDS as an epidemic in New York State by 2020. Most recently, GMHC and other HIV and AIDS organizations successfully persuaded the federal government to recommend widespread use of PrEP, a new daily treatment that is over 90% effective in preventing HIV infection. For more information, visit