City-Wide Task Force on Housing Court Referral List
Legal/Eviction Prevention Services
for People Living with HIV/AIDS


All Boroughs

Gay Men's Health Crisis (G.M.H.C.)
121 A West 20th Street
New York, NY, 1001
(212) 337-3504
Service Area/Criteria: All boroughs/HIV symptomatic
Services: Landlord/Tenant, Benefits Advocacy, Estate Planning, Family, Insurance, Immigration, Discrimination, Employee Benefits, Debtor-Creditor/Bankruptcy, and Confidentiality

Legal Action Center HIV/AIDS Services Project
153 Waverly Place
New York, NY, 10014
(212)243-1313
Service Area/Criteria: All boroughs/HIV-positive
Services: Landlord/Tenant, Benefits Advocacy, Estate and Childcare planning, Wills, health care proxies & related health issues, powers of attorney

The Bronx

Bronx AIDS Services, Inc.
Bronx Technical Assistance Project
1 Fordham Plaza Suite 903
Bronx, NY 10458
(718)295-5605
Service Area/Criteria: Bronx/HIV-positive
Services: Landlord/Tenant, Benefits Advocacy, Estate and Childcare planning, Wills, health care proxies & related issues, powers of attorney

Brooklyn

Brooklyn Legal Services, Corp. B - HIV Project
105 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201
(718)237-5546, (718)237-5569
Service Area/Criteria: Brooklyn/HIV-positive, within income guidelines
Services: Landlord/Tenant, Benefits Advocacy, Estate and Childcare planning, Wills, health care proxies & related health issues, powers of attorney

Brooklyn Legal Services, Corp. A - HIV Project
80 Jamaica Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11207
(718)345-6200

260 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
(718)782-6195
Service Area/Criteria: Zip Codes 1: 11203, -207, -208, -212, -227, -236, and 239; 11: 11206,-210,211,-222,237 or referred by the East New York/Brownsville HIV Care Network and the Williamsburg/Greenpoinv Bushwick HIV Care Network./HIV-positive, with income guidelines
Services: Landlord,Tenant, Benefits Advocacy, Permanency Planning

Manhattan

HIV Law Project
841 Broadway, Suite 608
New York, NY 10003
(212)674-7590
Service Area/Criteria: Manhattan/HIV-positive
Services: Landlord,Tenant, Benefits Advocacy, Estate and Childcare planning, Wills, health care proxies & related health issues, powers of attorney

Legal Aid Society - Community Law Office
AIDS Representation Project
230 East 106th Street
New York, NY 10029
(212)722-2000
Service Area/Criteria: Northern Manhattan (North of 96th St. on East Side/North of 110 St.- West Side) and patients treated at N. Central Bronx Hospital and Montifiore, Bronx Lebanon, Mt. Sinai and St. Luke's Roosevelt Medical Centers./HIV-positive, within income guidelines
Services: Landlord/Tenant, Benefits Advocacy, Estate and Childcare planning, health care proxies & related health issues powers of attorney

Queens

Queens Legal Services
89-02 Sutphin Blvd
Jamaica, NY, 11435
(718)657-8611 by appointment or
Hotline:(718)526-1229 Mon: 1-4, Thurs: 10-1
Service Area/Criteria: Queens/HIV-positive, within income guidelines
Services: Landlord/Tenant, Benefits Advocacy, Estate and Childcare planning, Wills, health care proxies & related health issues, powers of attorney

AIDS Center of Queens County
97-45 Queens Boulevard
Rego Park, NY, 11374
(718)896-2500
Service Area/Criteria: Queens/HIV-positive
Services: Benefits Advocacy

Staten Island

Staten Island AIDS Task Force
25 Hyatt Street
Staten Island, NY, 10301
(718)981-3366
Service Area/Criteria: Staten Island/HIV-positive
Services: Benefits Advocacy, referrals to volunteer lawyers for estate planning and health care proxies

Legal Service Providers

The legal service providers and eviction prevention services above have specialized programs for people who are living with HIV/AIDS. If you are not able to reach one of these service providers, you may contact the local legal service provider for your community for assistance in Housing Court or call their central office for a referral:

The Legal Aid Society
(212) 722-2000

Legal Services for New York
(212) 431-7200

Also, ask your hospital social worker or DAS case worker for referrals to Volunteers of Legal Services AIDS Project at 17 Varick Street, New York, NY, 10013, (212)966-4400. If you are not eligible for free legal services, you can get a referral from the NYC Bar Association, (212)626-7373.

Public Benefits for People Living with HIV/AIDS

All Boroughs

If you are HIV-positive and are experiencing symptoms related to your HIV status, you may be eligible for special services and public assistance benefits offered by the New York City Human Resource Administration (HRA) These benefits may be issued relatively quickly and may enable you to protect yourself from eviction for non-payment of rent. These benefits are available through regular public assistance offices or through Division of AIDS Services offices.

I. Enhanced Rent through Regular Public Assistance Centers

If you are already a recipient of public assistance benefits, you should inform your case-worker (they are required by law to keep this information confidential). Your case worker can process an application for enhanced rent which will provide you with a shelter allowance which is higher than the regular amount. If you would like to know more about these benefits you can call the HRA Helpline (718)291-1900 before you speak with your case worker.

II. Enhanced Rent through the HRA Division of AIDS Services

The Division of AIDS Services (DAS) ServiceLine is located at 12 West 14th Street, Fifth Floor, New York NY 10011. To be eligible for DAS, your servicing physician must complete a DAS application form noting the symptoms which you are experiencing. This form may be brought to, sent, or faxed to the ServiceLine. The Fax number is (212)337-1647 You may also call the ServiceLine to find out more about benefits and the application process, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at (212)645-7070

If you are currently involved in a Non-Payment proceeding in Housing Court, you should not hesitate to seek out these services. Although emergency applications can be handled quickly, you may be able to avoid the stress of payment deadlines and additional court dates by working with your case worker or applying to DAS.

Legal Services related to Housing Discrimination

Discrimination only
NYC Commission on Human Rights
AIDS Discrimination Unit
40 Rector Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY, 10006
(212)306-7500

NYS Division of Human Rights
Office of AIDS Discrimination Issues
55 West 125th Street
New York, NY, 10027
(212)870-8624

Confidentiality
New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute
ESP Tower Building, Room 342
Albany, NY, 12237
(800)962-5065 Toll-Free Hotline

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