Bailey House Designated an Accredited Charity

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Bailey House Designated an Accredited Charity


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Bailey House has been awarded the Accredited Charity Seal from the Better Business Bureau for the eighth year in a row. Click here for our Better Business Bureau report. Bailey House has been a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity Seal Holder since 2007.

This coveted designation of “Accredited Charity” signifies that we fully meet all 20 Better Business Bureau Standards for Charity Accountability. The Standards for Charity Accountability were developed to assist donors in making sound giving decisions and to foster public confidence in charitable organizations. The standards seek to encourage fair and honest solicitation practices, to promote ethical conduct by charitable organizations and to advance support of philanthropy. Organizations like Bailey House provide documentation illustrating how they comply with these accountability standards. Bailey House is proud to be a longstanding Accredited Charity.







Thank you to our youth interns!

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Thank you to our youth interns!

SYEP 2015 interns

Summer Youth Employment Program interns

Thank you to our four AMAZING Summer Youth Employment Program interns! We had a round of wonderful presentations today summarizing what each learned from their experience at Bailey House and their dreams and goals for the future. We wish them all the best, whether finishing high school or moving on to college.

SYEP 2015 staff mentors and youth interns with CEO Gina Quattrochi

Staff mentors and youth interns with CEO Gina Quattrochi

Visit Facebook to see photos of our interns’ presentation.

$1M for Housing Program for Formerly Incarcerated HIV+ People

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$1M for Housing Program for Formerly Incarcerated HIV+ People


Bailey House is thrilled to announce that the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently renewed our Project FIRST (Formerly Incarcerated Rental Support and Training) program with a $1,081,922 grant. Project FIRST provides housing placement and other re-entry support for HIV-positive individuals recently released from prison.

Since our founding in 1983, Bailey House’s approach has been that Housing is Healthcare for people living with HIV and other chronic illnesses. HUD Secretary Juliàn Castro echoed that core tenet when he stated that “Housing and health go hand in hand…Having a stable place to live can make all the difference.”

Project FIRST has transformed the lives of more than 800 people since 2003 by providing housing and housing referrals. In addition to housing assistance and connection to medical care and HIV treatment, the initiative partners with Bailey House’s Independent Living Skills program to improve participants’ self-management skills and ensure that they have access to vocational training and job placement assistance.

Formerly incarcerated individuals often encounter discrimination while searching for housing and jobs, and the additional stigma of HIV, four times as prevalent among incarcerated populations as among the general public, creates another barrier. These significant obstacles lead to disproportionate rates of unemployment (54% among formerly incarcerated people) and homelessness; at least 25% of homeless individuals have a history of incarceration. They also face extremely high rates of substance use (80%) and mental illness (30%), adding another layer of difficulty to successful re-entry into their communities. To ensure that their unique needs are met, Project FIRST provides linkage to primary and behavioral healthcare through Bailey House’s care coordination programs as well as offering housing and skill-building support.

Bailey House 2015 Gala & Auction Raises $520,000

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Bailey House 2015 Gala & Auction Raises $520,000

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From top: Bailey House CEO Regina Quattrochi, Jane Pauley and Joel Grey (photo by Patrick McMullan); Event Co-Chairs Dan Scheffey, Elizabeth Sadoff, Charles Pavarini III, Laura Krey and John Eason (photo by Patrick McMullan); and two of the vignettes at the Auction (photos by King Texas). View more photos on our Facebook page.

On Thursday, March 26th at Pier 60, Bailey House raised $520,000 at the organization’s 2015 Gala & Auction supporting its housing and health services programs that transform the lives of people with or at risk of HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses. At the Gala Dinner, Bailey House honored Jane Pauley, respected television anchor and journalist; Brad Goldfarb and Alfredo Paredes, generous philanthropic leaders from the worlds of media, fashion and design; New York City Council Member Corey Johnson; and the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc. (NBLCA) and the 30 for 30 Campaign, HIV/AIDS advocacy organizations.

Ted Allen, host of Food Network’s Chopped and All-Star Academy and Spokesperson for Dining Out For Life®, presided over a spirited evening that included Academy, Tony and Golden Globe-winning actor Joel Grey, who presented the Arts & Legacy Award to Jane Pauley for her longtime supporter of Bailey House and outspoken advocacy in the field of mental health. Other award presenters included Karen Sheftell for Mr. Johnson, who received the Jason Sheftell Real Estate Award for his passionate leadership in addressing the inequities in housing and access to healthcare facing low-income and HIV-positive New Yorkers; Bailey House’s own Malta Cirino for NBLCA and 30 for 30, who received the AIDS Warrior Award for the work each is doing to improve the lives of people of color and women living with and affected by HIV; and Randy Florke for Mr. Goldfarb and Mr. Paredes, who received the Rand Harlan Skolnick Social Responsibility Award in honor of their generous philanthropy and powerful support of the HIV/AIDS community and Bailey House’s mission.

The Gala Dinner was followed by the legendary Bailey House Auction, conducted by auctioneer Robbie Gordy of Christie’s New York. The live auction included such highlights as portrait sittings by celebrated artists Mark Beard and Andres Serrano; stunning photographs from Robert Mapplethorpe and Herb Ritts; a Meet and Greet with Chita Rivera including tickets to her new Broadway show The Visit; and a multitude of exciting vacation getaways. The silent auction featured almost 400 items, including art from artists such as Ross Bleckner, James Rosenquist, Duane Michals, Alex Amini, Sayan Ray and Garry Trudeau, and home décor, art, fashion, and entertainment items from brands such as Giorgio Armani, Reed Krakoff, Baz Persaud, Susan Rockefeller, Kenneth Cole, John Lyle, , Culture Object, Biasi Catani, Carmen Marc Valvo, , Anthony Lawrence Belfair, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, John Derian Company, JB b.o.r.n. Vintage Fashion Boutique, The Standard, Craft Restaurant, Jonathan Adler, Orbitz and many more.

Bailey House’s CEO, Regina Quattrochi, said of the evening, “Our clients are brave to seek our help, because it is the first step towards turning their lives around – and sometimes that first step is the hardest. But the key to survival is not bravery. It’s about having a community that transforms the fear of the unknown into hope for the future. All of the funds raised through this event support our vital services, helping to guarantee that we are able to continue transforming lives for the better.”


Through generous sponsorships, celebrity support and phenomenal auction items, Bailey House has raised more than $15 million since its inaugural Auction. All proceeds from the event go directly to providing housing and supportive services for Bailey House clients – homeless and low-income men, women, children and LGBTQ youth living with or at high risk of HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses.


With Special Thanks:

Diamond Sponsors

Betsy Lawrence


 Gold Sponsors

David France and Jonathan Starch

Giorgio Armani

Brad Goldfarb and Alfredo Paredes

John Metzner and Stan Ponte

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Stan Ponte/Sotheby’s International Realty

Ralph Lauren Corporation

The Ralph and Ricky Lauren Family Foundation

Seth M. Rosen and Jacob K. Goertz


Amida Care

Brightpoint Health

BTQ Financial

Mount Sinai

Frank Selvaggi and Bill Shea

Media Sponsors

New York Spaces

Manhattan Magazine

Special Gratitude to Our Longtime Partners

Chelsea Frames

Additional Thanks

Décor Art Gallery

GK Framing

ROOQ Fine Art & Framing

Steven Amedee Fine Custom Framing


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Gala & Auction 2015 Website Launch

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Gala & Auction 2015 Website Launch

The Bailey House Gala & Auction is right around the bend on March 26! Below are just three of the fantastic items we have for our 2015 event. Visit to view a larger selection. We get new items every day, so check back often for updates!   Click here to purchase tickets to the event.

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Bailey House CEO Gina Quattrochi Appointed to NY State Task Force to End AIDS by 2020

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Bailey House CEO Gina Quattrochi Appointed to NY State Task Force to End AIDS by 2020

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Gina Quattrochi speaking at a press conference for the 30% Rent Cap in NYC

Today Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the appointment of Bailey House CEO Gina Quattrochi to a new Task Force to End AIDS in New York State. Members of the Task Force are charged with implementing a plan to meet the goals of Governor Cuomo’s “Bending the Curve” initiative, a three-pronged strategy to reduce HIV infections in New York State by the year 2020. Bailey House is proud to partner with the Governor and with peer organizations to focus on three goals: identifying people with HIV who are undiagnosed and linking them to health care; connecting people living with HIV/AIDS to health care and HIV medication; and preventing HIV among high-risk populations.

As a dynamic advocate for many years and Bailey House’s CEO since 1995, Ms. Quattrochi has been a leader in the fight to end HIV/AIDS for decades. Ms. Quattrochi stated, “I am thrilled to be part of New York State’s effort to end HIV/AIDS by 2020. While it is an ambitious goal, the active participation by those of us on the front lines ensures that the plan will be reality-based and focused on ending the key drivers of HIV incidence, including poverty, homelessness, racism, gender-based health disparities and the criminalization of drug use.” This ground-breaking effort to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in New York State cannot succeed without the input of the movement’s long-time advocates and leaders, and Bailey House commends Governor Cuomo for convening the first Task Force to End AIDS in the nation.

Read the entire press release here.


Bailey House CEO Gina Quattrochi Receives Prestigious Award from UCLA and Johnson & Johnson

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Bailey House CEO Gina Quattrochi Receives Prestigious Award from UCLA and Johnson & Johnson

Bailey House CEO Gina Quattrochi (R) with Victor Tabbush, Faculty Director, UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program

Bailey House CEO Gina Quattrochi (R) with Victor Tabbush, Faculty Director, UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program

On Wednesday, July 23, Bailey House CEO Gina Quattrochi received the UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program Community Health Improvement Project (CHIP) Award. The CHIP Award honors leaders in health care who have made a difference through a specific initiative to improve the well-being of people living in their community. The Bailey House CHIP was the opening of a Behavioral Health Center (BHC) at the agency’s multi-service Rand Harlan Center in East Harlem. The BHC opened its doors in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, which devastated Bailey House’s landmark West Village residence Bailey-Holt House. Despite the immense effort necessary to recover from the storm, Ms. Quattrochi and Bailey House staff cut the ribbon for the BHC one month after Superstorm Sandy hit New York.

In her CHIP proposal, Ms. Quattrochi outlined the lack of culturally competent behavioral health care in East Harlem, an area with some of the highest rates of mental illness, poverty, homelessness, HIV incidence, incarceration and injection drug use in New York City. Bailey House assessed area mental health resources and determined that despite some availability, most clinics refused to treat the most vulnerable individuals – active substance users, the homeless, sex workers and those with complex medical issues. There were also few clinics that offered bi-lingual services. To address these disparities, Bailey House decided to open the BHC.

The BHC has been open for over a year and serves a diverse population – including lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals; people who are homeless and unstably housed; people living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses; substance users; and transgender individuals. Staff operate under Bailey House’s standard of trauma-informed care, collaborating with clients to achieve successful health outcomes and work through past and current trauma. As Ms. Quattrochi says, “Untreated mental illness, including trauma, is a severe, under-recognized public health crisis and a major barrier to health care access, quality of care and cost reduction. When you offer harm reduction-based, culturally competent services to “hard to engage” individuals, they engage and prosper.” The CHIP award showcases Bailey House’s efforts to address health disparities and improve access to health care for the most vulnerable New Yorkers.


Bailey House has provided a continuum of supportive housing, case management and health care navigation and wraparound support services to people living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses for over 30 years.

Johnson & Johnson is the world’s most comprehensive and broadly based manufacturer of health care products, as well as a provider of related services, for the consumer, pharmaceutical, and medical devices and diagnostics markets.

UCLA Anderson School of Management is recognized as one of America’s premier business schools. The Health Care Executive Program is conducted under the auspice of the Harold Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, a recognized leader in entrepreneurial education and research.

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

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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 53 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. Private funders for the STARS program include The Brian McCarthy Foundation, The David Geffen Foundation, The Palette Fund and The Rocking Moon Foundation.



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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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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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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  • 02/06/2014



    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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