Bailey House, the landmark agency that has provided housing and supportive services to people impacted by HIV/AIDS for the past 30 years, has been awarded a $1.12M grant from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene HOPWA (Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS) program to expand its groundbreaking STARS (Success Through Accessing Rental Assistance and Support) initiative. STARS is a supportive housing program for formerly homeless HIV+ youth in New York City, including lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual (LGBT) individuals. The grant will allow Bailey House to fund an additional 25 units of supportive housing; the STARS program will now encompass 53 apartments for homeless HIV+ youth including 10 apartments solely for homeless transgender youth.
Regina Quattrochi, Bailey House CEO, commented, “This new grant will help us expand our supportive housing for homeless HIV+ youth and support more young people to access the care and support they need to thrive. We are very excited to be a leader in addressing this critical need in New York City.”
STARS fills a critical gap in services for this population, and is the latest addition to Bailey House’s supportive housing portfolio. Bailey House started in 1983 when a group of community activists, spurred by the lack of adequate housing, care, and support for people who were then living – and dying – of an unknown disease, responded by creating their own solution: SHAP (Supportive Housing Apartment Program). As the nation’s first housing provider for people living with HIV/AIDS, Bailey House pioneered a housing model that has been emulated worldwide, and cited for best practices by HUD (U.S. Housing and Urban Development) and the New York State AIDS Institute.
Less than 200 municipal shelter beds are available for homeless youth in New York City, 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+ homeless youth, Bailey House launched STARS in 2009. 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 last year. STARS is one of the only programs in the city that provides permanent housing for the transgender community, and this new grant allows Bailey House to expand its housing for transgender youth as well as its housing for the HIV+ homeless youth population as a whole.