Bailey House receives $1.36M Grant for Young Adult Program STARS

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05/05/2014

Bailey House receives $1.36M Grant for Young Adult Program STARS

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STARS program residents with friends at a recent event.

Bailey House, the landmark agency that has provided housing and support services to people affected by HIV/AIDS for more than 30 years, has been awarded a $1.36M federal grant for its STARS (Success Through Accessing Rental Assistance and Support) initiative, a supportive housing program for homeless HIV-positive young adults, including LGBTQ individuals. Encompassing 50 apartments, STARS is the largest permanent supportive housing program in NYC for HIV-positive youth, including eight units solely for homeless transgender young adults. The grant is from the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Department’s HOPWA (Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS) program.

Regina Quattrochi, Bailey House CEO, stated, “This grant enables Bailey House to support its current program for homeless HIV-positive youth while also opening the door for future expansions to address the critical gap in services for this vulnerable population.” Homeless youth, especially those who are also LGBTQ and/or HIV-positive, face an especially difficult time finding adequate shelter in NYC. Only 253 municipal shelter beds are available for the almost 4,000 homeless youth in NYC, while even fewer options are available for those living with HIV/AIDS.  In response to the need for stable housing and care coordination for HIV-positive homeless youth, Bailey House launched STARS in 2009. The program provides housing and support to some of the most marginalized youth in NYC; many of its residents are struggling with substance use and mental illness, as well as homelessness and HIV. A HUD-SPNS (Special Project of National Significance) initiative, STARS originally consisted of 20 apartments. Because there is a significant dearth of services for homeless young adults of transgender experience, eight additional units specifically for transgender youth were added in 2012. STARS is one of the only programs in the city that provides permanent housing for the transgender community. In 2014, in recognition of Bailey House’s success with the program, the agency was awarded another grant to provide permanent supportive housing to 22 additional young adults.

 

 

Bailey House selected to participate in the 2014-2015 class of the National Council for Behavioral Health’s Adoption of Trauma-informed Practices Learning Community

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03/13/2014

Bailey House selected to participate in the 2014-2015 class of the National Council for Behavioral Health’s Adoption of Trauma-informed Practices Learning Community

Bailey House to become a designated Trauma Learning Center

Bailey House has been selected by the National Council for Behavioral Health to participate in its prestigious “Trauma-Informed Care Learning Community”, a nationally recognized program that advances evidence-based practice to address trauma, including PTSD. As a member of this group, Bailey House will embark on a yearlong transformative process to enhance the quality and impact of its services. Denise Arzola, Deputy Director of Community Services, stated, “ All nineteen  Bailey House programs, including our patient navigation and other health services, the food pantry, supportive housing and  housing placement programs, will focus on the seven domains of trauma-informed care including early screening, consumer-driven services, nurturing a trauma-informed and responsive workforce, evidence-based and emerging best practices, creating safe environments, community outreach and partnership building, and ongoing performance improvement and evaluation.”

Bailey House implemented a trauma-informed approach in many of its services four years ago because so many of its clients are survivors of intimate partner and family violence, childhood sexual abuse, incarceration, rape and gun violence.  Regina Quattrochi, CEO stated, “Becoming part of this nationwide learning community will help us build even more effective services for low-income  individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses throughout New York City. With our headquarters in East Harlem, just 5 blocks from the tragic building explosion on E.116th, we are reminded that trauma manifests in many forms in economically compromised communities. We are very excited to partner with the National Council for Behavioral Health so that we may work with other leaders in NYC to support individual and community healing from personal and institutionalized trauma.”

For over 30 years, Bailey House has provided a continuum of housing, case management and wraparound support services to people living with HIV/AIDS. As leaders in the field of supportive housing for individuals living with HIV/AIDS, Bailey House has made connecting clients to care a cornerstone of their services, resulting in an integration of health-related care with community support that empowers clients to make educated choices about their health and well-being.

Join Bailey House at World AIDS Day Rally

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11/25/2013

Join Bailey House at World AIDS Day Rally

Bailey House is excited to join Housing Works, GMHC, ACT UP New York and ACRIA at the WORLD AIDS DAY 2013 RALLY at 2PM in Times Square on Sunday, December 1st. We are marking the 25th commemoration of World AIDS DAY by declaring that now is the time to end the AIDS epidemic in New York State. Please join us and show your support!

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Bailey House Announces Assistance for Recipients of WIC

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10/21/2013

Bailey House Announces Assistance for Recipients of WIC

New York, NY, October 21, 2013 – Beginning today, Bailey House is offering assistance to recipients of WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children). The WIC program was closed during the government shutdown, and though the government has since reopened, there will likely be a significant backlog for families to receive their benefits. To ensure that no family goes without necessities, Bailey House will be offering formula, baby food, juice, cereal and diapers to WIC recipients in the community through the Bailey House Food Pantry for the next several weeks.

Bailey House CEO Gina Quattrochi commented, “We know that good nutrition and stable housing are the cornerstones of public health. We cannot stand by and watch the most vulnerable women and children in our community denied basic needs like food because of the federal government shutdown. Although stocking extra items such as formula, baby food and diapers will tax our food pantry budget, we are prepared to make whatever sacrifices are necessary to ensure that our neighbors can feed their babies and that pregnant and breastfeeding women in our community will get the nutrition they need.”

This service is open today from 9AM to 4PM as a dedicated WIC-only day at the Bailey House Food Pantry. The only documentation needed is a current WIC card and one form of valid ID. After today, WIC recipients can visit the Food Pantry on Mondays between 9AM to 4PM until further notice.

Not only is Bailey House delighted to help our neighbors with what they need to maintain the health and well-being of their families, but we look forward to making those who visit us aware of the full range of Bailey House services available to them, including case management, healthcare navigation, HIV testing, mental health services and other services for which they are eligible.

The Food Pantry will continue to serve the general public on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12PM to 1:30PM. Last month alone the pantry distributed almost 1,000 bags; each bag contains three meals. Carver Bank, a Harlem institution since 1948, is the community sponsor for the Food Pantry.

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About Carver Bancorp, Inc.
Carver Bancorp, Inc. is the holding company for Carver Federal Savings Bank, a federally chartered stock savings bank, founded in 1948 to serve African-American communities whose residents, businesses and institutions had limited access to mainstream financial services. Carver, the largest African- and Caribbean-American run bank in the United States, operates ten full-service branches in the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens. For further information, please visit the Company’s website at www.carverbank.com.

Bailey House Adult Poetry Workshop Releases Second Book of Poetry

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09/26/2013

Bailey House Adult Poetry Workshop Releases Second Book of Poetry

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One of the poets reads from his work.

On Friday, September 20th, poets from Word Flow, the Bailey House Poetry Workshop, released their second book of poems – Poetry Disclosure: Something Confidential. At the book launch celebration, poets read from their work at the encouragement of their instructor, New York poet Jon Sands. Visit the Bailey House Youtube Channel to view video of the poets’ readings.

The Bailey House Adult Poetry Workshop is one of the most popular Bailey House arts groups, allowing participants to showcase their inner voices and share their experiences with each other in a safe and supportive environment. Jon Sands leads the group, and every month brings in well-known guests to read for the participants and share poetry tips. One such guest, hip-hop artist and poet Intikana, attended the celebration and performed from his own work.

Bailey House Presents to MAC Artists-In-Training

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09/09/2013

Bailey House Presents to MAC Artists-In-Training

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MAC artists with Bailey House clients during a MAC volunteer day.

On Friday, September 6th, we traveled to Chelsea to present to the MAC Cosmetics artists-in-training. As Bailey House is a long-time grantee of the MAC AIDS Fund, we had been asked to tell the new artists about the important work MAC supports – the services Bailey House provides to the community, and the impact of the MAC AIDS Fund grants. We came prepared with HIV statistics and facts as well as information on Bailey House programs, expecting it to be a teaching moment about the true reach of the epidemic in the US and in New York City. Instead we came away humbled by the artists’ knowledge around the epidemic, and by how much those in the room had been personally affected by HIV – whether by knowing someone living with HIV, or by experiencing the loss of a loved one.

The way MAC artists help organizations like Bailey House is by selling VIVA GLAM, a line of lipstick that was launched specifically as a grassroots campaign to raise funds for the HIV/AIDS epidemic; it always has a celebrity spokesperson who helps to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and the MAC AIDS Fund. The campaign began in 1994 with RuPaul, and since then has featured such faces as Lady Gaga, Cyndi Lauper and Nicki Minaj. According to MAC, every cent goes directly to the MAC AIDS Fund to support HIV/AIDS services in the US and internationally. Every lipstick sold means $15 more for community-based organizations like Bailey House that provide housing and services to people impacted by HIV/AIDS.

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Visit macaidsfund.org to learn more.

The MAC artists genuinely care about HIV/AIDS issues and the people living with HIV/AIDS that the MAC VIVA GLAM lipstick sales support. Bailey House is deeply honored to be a recipient of MAC grants and a beneficiary of MAC volunteer initiatives, and extraordinarily grateful for the talented, compassionate MAC cosmetics artists who provide a voice for our clients each and every day.

Spotlight on Mental Health

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08/12/2013

Spotlight on Mental Health

This article was written in response to Sunday’s New York Times piece on Discrimination in Healthcare.

As we learn more about what drives disease incidence like HIV infection, it’s clear we must move from a system that blames and stigmatizes individuals to one that addresses the complex reasons why people get and stay sick. Untreated mental illness is a factor in HIV incidence because it often results in poverty, homelessness, alcohol and drug use – all common factors in HIV incidence and poor health outcomes.

Untreated depression, bipolar disease, schizophrenia etc. ruin the lives not only of those who suffer with these illnesses but also their families, communities and the already overburdened system that’s supposed to address these complex issues. Without significant change, thousands will continue to suffer and the cost of psychiatric hospitalizations will continue to drive up Medicaid costs.

When we moved our headquarters to East Harlem 4 years ago, we noted that it’s a community that has a disproportionate number of HIV cases, psychiatric hospitalizations and poor health outcomes for chronic illnesses like asthma. We also knew that our clients with untreated mental illness were less likely to remain stably housed, follow-up with their healthcare or access the myriad of services available to them in the community. In some cases, untreated mental illness also prevented clients from being treated for viral hepatitis, a disease that affects approximately 30%, because depression is often a side effect of treatment.

Our response was simple – develop a behavioral health clinic in our Rand Harlan Center for Housing, Health and Community in East Harlem that is harm reduction based, LGBT inclusive, provides bi-lingual services, accepts Medicaid and other insurances and is open it to everyone who needs high quality, mental health services. In December 2012 we did just that and the results have been amazing – over 80 clients have been seen by our psychiatrist and therapists. More keep coming — a wonderful outcome indeed!

 

Gina Quattrochi, Esq
Chief Executive Officer

2013 Mayoral Candidate Forum on HIV/AIDS

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07/19/2013

2013 Mayoral Candidate Forum on HIV/AIDS

Bailey House is co-sponsoring a mayoral candidate forum at GMHC on Tuesday, July 23rd at 5:30PM. The forum will focus on HIV/AIDS issues in New York City. Please RSVP to community@gmhc.org if you are interested in attending. Confirmed candidates attending are: Former Councilmember Sal Albanese; Former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion; Public Advocate Bill DeBlasio; NYC Comptroller John Liu; Former NYC Comptroller Bill Thompson; Speaker Christine Quinn; and Former Congressmember Anthony Weiner.

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Bailey House Celebrates the Supreme Court Ruling on DOMA

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06/26/2013

Bailey House Celebrates the Supreme Court Ruling on DOMA

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A sign outside the Supreme Court today.

In a historic decision, the Supreme Court ruled today that Section Three of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional in the case of United States v Windsor. Signed into law in 1996 by President Clinton, DOMA meant that the Federal Government did not recognize any same-sex marriages, even if they were legal in certain states. This basic denial of a right that every couple should be able to enjoy meant that same-sex couples were not able to get the usual federal tax benefits for married couples, military spousal benefits and the option of sponsoring a spouse for a green card, along with other benefits. With DOMA struck down, same-sex couples take another step down the road to equality.

This decision also has an impact on those living with HIV and those with high HIV risk - such as gay and bisexual men. Bailey House CEO Gina Quattrochi explains why:

“Bailey House celebrates the Supreme Court’s ruling on DOMA today.  Homophobia continues to be a driving force of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Stigma and the denial of equal rights to those at highest risk drives HIV incidence, lack of care access and often high risk behaviors. Hopefully today’s decision will ignite meaningful HIV prevention efforts and help lead us to “An AIDS Free Generation”.

The Supreme Court also ruled on Hollingsworth v Perry, which concerned Proposition Eight in California – a law that banned same-sex marriage in the state. The Court dismissed the case, which basically means that same-sex marriage will be legal in California as it is in 12 other states (and the District of Columbia) around the country – including New York.

 

Thank you to Morgan Stanley Volunteers

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06/18/2013

Thank you to Morgan Stanley Volunteers

 

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A huge thank you to our fantastic team of Morgan Stanley volunteers! In just 6 hours they put together 250 emergency preparedness kits to hand out to our clients; stuffed 150 food pantry bags; and made over 1000 outreach kits for the NYC Pride Parade. What a day!

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    Over the weekend, we lost yet another brilliant actor — Philip Seymour Hoffman, who graced stage, film and TV with his incredible performances. He, like Amy Winehouse, Heath Ledger, Anna Nicole Smith and others, met his end through what now seems like a lethal combination of drugs, including heroin and cocaine.

    We shouldn’t be surprised. Five years ago overdoses from prescription drugs, heroin and other substances became the leading cause of accidental death in America. Many ERs here and around the nation report an exponential increase in overdose related admissions, particularly for young adults, including those living in suburban communities.

    It’s time to act. Let’s decriminalize drug use – let’s remove the stigma of “addiction” and call it what it is: a terrible disease suffered by a wide range of people, often caused by trauma Let’s ensure that drug users have access to clean syringes, harm reduction and mental health services. That would be a start.

    Did you know that with the exception of New York State and a couple of other jurisdictions, there are no syringe exchange programs because Federal money cannot be used to fund them? Once again ideology trumps public health. Despite decades of research showing that this intervention has reduced HIV incidence among drug users by as much as 85%, critics have argued that syringe exchange encourages drug use. Research shows that it does not.

    Significant public health benefits have resulted from syringe exchange because programs not only distribute syringes but also pick up used ones and get them off the street. Syringe exchange is an outreach tool to get active users into all types of care – medical, mental health and substance abuse treatment, just to name a few.

    We need to get tougher on the system, not the user. Currently many mental health providers won’t see a patient who is actively using. Isn’t that like an oncologist refusing to see someone because they have cancer? If Philip Seymour Hoffman had walked into a mental health clinic last Saturday afternoon and shared that he had just used heroin, should he have been turned away?

    We also need to start having honest discussions with our kids. Why isn’t overdose prevention taught in health classes? Will teaching how to prevent a death encourage drug use? I doubt it. Wouldn’t you rather have a young adult, armed with overdoes prevention knowledge and tools, at a party where young people – maybe your daughter, son, grandchild, niece or nephew – were doing drugs, rather than stay in denial about the danger they may be in?

    None of this will bring back Philip Seymour Hoffman or Amy Winehouse or Heath Ledger or the countless others who have died this way, but put into practice, it could save lives in the future. Overdose is fast becoming a new epidemic and public health crisis.  There is a heroin overdose prevention bill advancing in the New York State Senate currently, but what about the Federal level? How many more celebrities and ordinary citizens dying of drug overdose will it take to move us forward?

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