Twenty-five years ago today Bailey House embarked on a new chapter. By 1991, eight years after it was founded by a group of community activists responding to the devastation of the AIDS epidemic and homelessness, Bailey House operated two housing programs providing apartments to 70 people. The operating budget was approximately $4 million.
Those two programs, the first of their kind, helped set the precedent for the rest of the nation. 1991 was the first year the federal government allocated funds to agencies providing services to low-income and homeless people living with HIV/AIDS. 1991 was also the year that Earvin “Magic” Johnson announced he was HIV-positive and the year that Freddie Mercury, lead singer of the rock band Queen, passed away from AIDS-related complications.
On February 2, 1991, Bailey House named Gina Quattrochi, a former board member, as its new CEO. A relentless advocate for people living with HIV/AIDS, Gina’s innovative leadership and drive built Bailey House into a $13-million-dollar organization that now houses hundreds of men, women and children and provides supportive services to many more. Over the course of her history, Bailey House has literally saved thousands of lives.
On this day, we wish Gina a happy 25th anniversary.
From all of us at Bailey House, thank you for your steadfast support over the years. You have helped make Gina’s extraordinary vision a reality.