Housing and Supportive Housing Programs

Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) Financial Assistance and Housing Retention Services for Individuals Living with HIV Outside of New York City

This housing initiative provides long-term tenant based rental assistance and supportive housing services to high need Medicaid recipients who are homeless or unstably housed. Program recipients may receive a rental subsidy as necessary, and be assisted to secure and maintain safe affordable housing by a housing retention specialist/supportive housing counselor.

This housing model emphasizes close coordination/liaison with Medicaid funded care management entities (Health Homes, managed care plans).  Through regular contact with clients, housing retention specialists/supportive housing counselors will augment the role of care management personnel by reinforcing compliance with medical care and assisting in the early identification of potential medical and/or psychosocial concerns to promote rapid problem resolution, and thereby foster optimal health outcomes.

There are 6 funded providers serving all regions of the state, except New York City.

Contact:

Cindy Ravida
Director, Housing Program Unit
Bureau of Community Support Services
(518) 486-1323
cindy.ravida@health.ny.gov

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Financial Assistance and Housing Retention Services for Individuals Living with HIV Outside of New York City

This housing initiative provides financial assistance and housing retention services.  These services support consumers in obtaining and maintaining safe, appropriate and affordable housing and to prevent eviction and utility shut off. Housing retention services coupled with financial assistance enable clients to develop the skills needed to remain in stable housing, to engage in and maintain enrollment in medical care, and to live independently.  Housing retention services include, but are not limited to:

  • educational services such as independent living skills (i.e., budgeting, parenting, tenant property management), health education, nutrition education, and vocational readiness education;
  • coordination of services in conjunction with the assigned care manager (e.g., health home or managed care organization care manager);
  • case conferencing with other service providers including health home care managers, health care providers, substance use providers and/or mental health providers.

Financial assistance includes:  one-time only emergency assistance for security deposits, rent, utility, moving costs, brokers fees and short-term rental assistance. 

There are 6 funded providers serving all regions of the state, except New York City.

Contact:

Cindy Ravida
Director, Housing Program Unit
Bureau of Community Support Services
(518) 486-1323
cindy.ravida@health.ny.gov

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Housing Retention Services for Individuals Living with HIV in New York City

This housing initiative provides housing retention services.  These services support consumers in obtaining and maintaining safe, appropriate and affordable housing.  Services also enable clients to develop the skills needed to remain in stable housing, to engage in and maintain enrollment in medical care, and to live independently.  Housing retention services include, but are not limited to:

  • educational services such as independent living skills (i.e., budgeting, parenting, tenant property management), health education, nutrition education, and vocational readiness education;
  • coordination of services in conjunction with the assigned care manager (e.g., health home or managed care organization care manager);
  • case conferencing with other service providers including health home care managers, health care providers, substance use providers and/or mental health providers.

There is one funded provider serving all five boroughs of New York City.

Contact:

Cindy Ravida
Director, Housing Program Unit
Bureau of Community Support Services
(518) 486-1323
cindy.ravida@health.ny.gov

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Housing Retention Services for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Young Adults (Age 18-24) Living with HIV in New York City

This housing initiative provides housing retention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young adults (age 18 – 24) living with HIV.  The provision of housing retention services under this component will assist LGBT young adults living with HIV to develop the skills needed to remain in stable housing so that they may engage in and maintain enrollment in medical care and acquire the skills and stability needed to successfully achieve independent living.  Housing Retention Services enables clients to obtain knowledge of the relationship between stable housing and medical care; develop skills that increase access to and retention in medical care; and establish the foundation that will allow clients to achieve and maintain stable, independent housing.  Components of housing retention services include:

  • educational services such as independent living skills (i.e., budgeting, parenting, tenant property management), health education, nutrition education, and vocational readiness education;
  • collaboration with health home or managed care organization care manager to ensure care coordination;
  • case conferencing with other service providers including health home care managers, health care providers, substance use providers and/or mental health providers.

There is one funded provider serving all five boroughs of New York City.

Contact:

Cindy Ravida
Director, Housing Program Unit
Bureau of Community Support Services
(518) 486-1323
cindy.ravida@health.ny.gov

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New York/New York III Supportive Housing Agreement

The New York/New York III (NY/NYIII) 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 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 are chronically homeless single adults (or single adults who are at serious risk of street or sheltered homelessness) who are persons living with HIV/AIDS, and 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.  The AIDS Institute and HASA have an established cooperative agreement for HASA to directly manage the client screening/admission process for this NYC based supportive housing initiative.

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.

Contact:

Joseph M. Losowski
Director, Chronic Care Section
Office of Medicaid Policy and Programs
(518) 474-8162
joseph.losowski@health.ny.gov

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