Posts Tagged ‘Putnam’

HVCS Takes On New Housing Program in Lower Hudson

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

Recently, the New York City Department Of Health  approached HVCS with a request to take over the Tri-County Ryan White Part A Housing Program (in Putnam, Rockland and Westchester Counties) based upon our outstanding history of serving HIV-positive homeless and unstably housed individuals. We agreed and are happy to announce the program is officially up and running under the watchful eye of Program Supervisor, Veronica Ingram-Henry, and Housing Specialist, Jessica Noble. The program can assist eligible HIV-positive clients with short-term rental assistance, utilities and telephone service, and moving expenses to secure or maintain stable housing. Eligibility is based upon HIV status, residency, and income. For more information, please contact Program Supervisor, Veronica Ingram-Henry at (845) 247-5735 or

The HomeStarter program is also available for Rockland County residents.

Positive Support Group – Putnam Valley

Friday, October 28th, 2016

This support group meets every Wednesday at our Putnam Valley office.

For more information, call Pat Jacobs at (845) 526-1075.

National HIV Testing Day – Putnam County

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

National HIV Testing Day - Putnam Schedule

HVCS’ Andi Straus Appointed to NY HIV Planning Council

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has appointed Andi Straus, HVCS’ Executive Director, to be one of five representatives of the Tri-County (Westchester, Rockland and Putnam) region for the HIV Health and Human Services Planning Council of New York. The Planning Council is mandated under Part A of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act. She was appointed for a three-year term. She is on the Executive Committee since she was also asked to be the new co-chair of the Tri-County Steering Committee, sharing responsibilities with Derrick Weekes, an Administrative Director at Westchester Medical Center. Andi is very pleased to be appointed since it means that we will have an active voice in discussions about regional treatment and services for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Teen Health Day

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Friday, December 4, 2015

Carmel Fire Department
94 Gleneida Ave.
Carmel, NY

On Friday, December 4, in collaboration with Westchester Medical Center, a Teen Health Day for individuals ages 13 to 24 will be held at the Carmel Fire Department, 94 Gleneida Avenue, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Teen Health Day will offer free and confidential services including HIV testing, STD screening, Hepatitis C testing, pregnancy testing and mental health and substance abuse referrals. Several other community organizations will be participating in the event to provide education and answer questions.

The Beauty of Our Lives: A Mindfulness Meditation Weekend for LGBTQI Communities

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

The Garrison Institute presents “The Beauty of Our Lives: A Mindfulness Meditation Weekend for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Queer Communities”

April 17–20, Garrison, New York:


The practices of Mindfulness and Loving kindness cultivate an open heart and an inner home. Experience this through silent sitting, walking, movement and eating meditations, with time for mindful group sharing and community connections. Open to all levels of meditation. It’s a unique opportunity for Queer and Same Gender Loving identified folks to be together in spiritual community.

Top Community Health Concerns for Westchester and Putnam Counties

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

United Way of Westchester and Putnam recently conducted its “2013 Community Conversations Survey” in the two counties, and the results of the Health survey were particularly interesting.

Top Health Concerns for Westchester residents:

  • affordable healthcare and screening
  • dealing with chronic illness
  • stresses of daily life
  • obesity or unhealthy living


Top Health Concerns for Putnam residents:

  • mental health
  • affordable healthcare and screening
  • drug and alcohol use
  • dealing with chronic illness

If these are the top concerns for the two counties, HVCS is well-positioned to respond to these needs. We have programs that can assist with almost all of these needs, especially for those on Medicaid. For an infographic showing these top concerns and more, visit UWWP’s website.

Dining Out for Life

Monday, March 11th, 2013

RCS is pleased to bring Dining Out for Life to the Hudson Valley on April 25, 2013. This international event was the first dine-out fundraiser of its kind, and to date has raised millions for HIV/AIDS service organizations across North America. Our 2012 event raised more than $16,000 and counting!

Which restaurants are participating?

Check out the list below, or go to If you’re a smartphone or tablet user, visit the mobile site at

Or, visit our Dining Out for Life page on