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.