Housing & Financial Management

About This Service

Supportive housing and financial management are a part of our comprehensive approach to support the health and well-being of our clients living with HIV/AIDS. People who are stably housed are more likely to adhere HIV treatment and have positive health outcomes. In addition, financial management skills help ensure our clients can plan a monthly budget and remain stably housed.

Supportive Housing

The Housing Opportunities for People Living with AIDS (HOPWA) program is a supportive-housing program at GMHC. We provide rental assistance and housing placement assistance services with the goal of empowering clients to achieve independent living. Our clients receive an array of services which include advocacy assistance, health promotion education, life skills counseling and referrals to outside providers as needed to meet our clients’ goals. Our case managers conduct monthly home visits and provide escorts to medical appointments and other facilities where our clients need support.

GMHC also has a 31-bed Rapid Rehousing Program through Housing and Urban Development for chronically homeless clients who are referred from The Department of Homeless Services shelters. The Rapid Rehousing program is a housing placement program that provides rental assistance designed to fight homelessness in New York City. Our goal at GMHC is to provide our clients with the tools required to achieve housing stability, financial independence, and reunification with their families. Our HUD clients receive assistance with obtaining educational assessments, job training/search, and referrals for mental health, substance use, legal services, and care coordination.

Financial Management

We offer financial management support for our clients who may be at risk of facing eviction and possible homelessness. Among our services are support for stable monthly budget management that can help alleviate stress resulting from legal issues or conflicts with landlords. We can also help clients prevent homelessness due to unpaid rent. Financial management services are only available to clients who are referred by the City of New York HIV/AIDS Services (HASA).


Supportive Housing: Daisy Guzman, Director, Housing, at DaisyG@gmhc.org.

Financial Management: Richarleene Walsh, Senior Director, Financial Management, at richarleenew@gmhc.org.

Housing & Financial Management

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, the HOPWA Housing and Financial Management programs are only open to people living with HIV/AIDS. The HUD Housing program is open to all regardless of HIV status and is dependent on homeless status.

You can complete the secure and confidential form on this page or call (212) 367-1057. Due to COVID-19, staff are providing remote intake services by phone for people who wish to become a GMHC client and access services. Staff will assess your needs and make referrals to programs and services provided by GMHC and/or our partners throughout New York City.

Yes, our services have different eligibility requirements. An intake specialist can help you understand requirements for our different services.