Thursday, April 2, 2015

Bailey House: Housing is a Fundamental Human Right

In the early days of HIV/AIDS many had nowhere to turn for supportive services. That changed when a group of men and women came to together and changed the way that men living with AIDS were treated and supported.

Bailey House was the country’s first residence for people living with HIV/AIDS.  Since 1983 the folks at Bailey House have been instrumental in raising awareness of the epidemic as well as helping set stage for addressing the needs that people with HIV/AIDS face in New York City and across the country.

Bailey House has established services in the neighborhoods with the highest incident of HIV Infection to address the needs as related to housing placement, substance abuse services, and job training.

Things are not as grim as they once were for those infected. Bailey House is open to all affected by HIV/AIDS and their families. They have developed programming and services as the needs of clients have evolved in underserved communities. They provide services needed to attain housing and maintain their health. Some of the services and programs they offer address homelessness, poverty, hunger, substance abuse, mental illness and other critical issues that make survival difficult.

Bailey House believes “Housing is a fundamental human right” and is on the frontline to establishing safe and stable housing which allows for continued access to health care and other life-saving services for those living with HIV/AIDS and their families. The Family Program offers services that include Family-based Supportive Case Management, Independent Living skills and Youth Programming.

This work has been made possible in part by the support shown via the annual Gala & Auction.  The event brings together friends and supporters from the art & design, fashion & entertainment, media and corporate communities to raise funding that helps address the needs of some of the city’s vulnerable citizens.

To stay informed with future Bailey House events, join their email list, and follow them on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. For more information, please contact or (212) 633-2500 x458.

Written by Ingrid Galvez,
Diversity Inclusion & Outreach Chair

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