The AIDS Institute’s Housing Programs Unit (HPU) provides funding and administrative oversight to organizations in New York State to develop and implement programs that provide housing services to PLWHA and their families. Enhanced supported housing services are offered throughout the state and financial assistance provided outside of NYC. The overall goal of the Housing Initiative is to ensure a flexible continuum of care that empowers individuals and families to live as independently as possible and avoid homelessness.
Enhanced supportive housing services such as health and independent living skills development, non-intensive case management, psychosocial support services, supportive housing coordination and housing placement assistance and referral services (outside NYC) address the needs of people living with HIV/AIDS who are homeless, at risk of losing housing or significantly challenged to remain in housing. Enhanced supportive housing services are intended to assist people with obtaining and maintaining stable housing, and improve their ability to access and/or maintain medical care. Seventeen (17) housing providers are funded to deliver enhanced supported housing services in New York State.
Financial assistance helps consumers obtain and maintain safe, appropriate and affordable housing and to prevent eviction and utility shut off. Agencies provide one-time only emergency assistance for security deposits, rent, utility or other housing related costs, and short-term rental and utility assistance (cumulative lifetime limit of 24 months) to persons with HIV/AIDS, outside New York City. This type of assistance promotes housing retention and stability, augments housing placement assistance and referral services by enabling consumers and their families to relocate to appropriate housing if necessary, and promotes access to medical care. Funds are used as dollars of last resort. Eight (8) housing providers are funded to deliver financial assistance in Long Island and Upstate New York.
Director, Housing Program Unit
Office of Medicaid Policy and Programs
The New York/New York III Supportive Housing program is a cooperative agreement signed on November 3, 2005 by five City and five State agencies to provide 9,000 new units of supportive housing in New York City over a ten year period that extends to June 30, 2016 to chronically homeless populations, including those with HIV/AIDS.
The New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute has been given the responsibility for the development of a total of 500 supportive housing units -- 300 congregate and 200 scatter-site. The overall goal of this initiative is to reduce homelessness, and provide safe and affordable housing and supportive services to clients who meet the eligibility criteria.
Those eligible for these supportive housing units include chronically homeless single adults who are persons living with HIV/AIDS, who are clients of New York City’s HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA) or who are clients with symptomatic HIV who are receiving cash assistance from the city, and who suffer from a co-occurring serious and persistent mental illness, a substance abuse disorder, or a MICA disorder. Chronic homelessness is defined as a single adult who has spent at least two of the last four years in a homeless shelter or living on the street, or a single adult who is disabled and has spent at least one of the last two years in a shelter (such as HASA emergency housing) or living on the street.
The AIDS Institute participates on the NY/NYIII Oversight Committee and the Evaluation Standing Committee comprised of City and State partner agencies. The evaluation of NY/NYIII will assess the effectiveness of the supportive housing program in decreasing the use and cost of publicly funded health-care and social services, reducing chronic homelessness and incarceration-related events, improving the health of participants, and increasing appropriate substance use and mental health services utilization.
Joseph M. Losowski
Director, Chronic Care Section
Office of Medicaid Policy and Programs