Helping you find safe, affordable housing

Having housing is crucial to getting and staying healthy. We provide a variety of services to help people living with HIV who are homeless or unstably housed maintain safe and affordable housing and prevent eviction and utility shut off. Housing Retention Specialists assist you to remain in stable housing and live independently, thus allowing you to focus on health care and staying healthy.   

  • Financial Assistance
  • Housing Retention Services
  • Peer Services

New York State residents have the right to be protected from housing discrimination.


Who is eligible?

  • Living with HIV/AIDS
  • Residents of: Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Delaware, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Otsego, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, or Washington Counties


  • homeless, at high risk of becoming homeless, or unstably housed

How does it work?

If you have a Care Manager, they can help you with your application. If you don't have a Care Coordinator, email (need contact form and email address) us and someone will get back to you right away.

Step 2: Verification

Once your application is received, we may need to inspect and assess your apartment or house. We also may need to gather tax information from your landlord and ask you to sign a release of information.

Step 3: Approval

You will receive a letter of approval or denial within two weeks of your application that will explain details and next steps.

You may qualify for

Financial Assistance

  • Moving
  • Emergency Utilities
  • Emergency Rent
  • Rent
  • Household Items
  • Mattresses

Peer Services

  • Support
  • Assistance with Client Education
  • Appointment Accompaniment

Housing Retention Services

  • Education to help maintain housing
  • Budgeting Assistance
  • Coordination of services in collaboration with Care Managers
  • Case Conferencing

Frequently asked questions about Housing assistance

How do I apply?

If you have a Care Coordinator, ask them for help with the application. If you don't have a Care Coordinator, email (need form and email) us and we will be in touch right away to assist.

What information is required for the application?

Once you have submitted your application, we may need to inspect your apartment or house to ensure it meets Housing and Urban Development standards, and assess the size. We may also need to obtain tax information from your landlord.

How will I know if I am approved?

You will receive a letter notifying you of approval or denial within two weeks of your application submission. Approvals will explain what you can expect and what your role will be. Denials will explain why you were not approved and what you may be able to do to qualify. It may just be a matter of providing additional information.

If you are in an emergency housing situation, we will move things through as quickly as possible to help avoid eviction and keep your utilities on.

Aside from assistance with bills, what else is involved?

We will regularly contact you to review your situation and budget, assist with planning ahead to ensure you can keep up with housing needs, get the required paperwork (things like proof of your portion of rent payment), and ensure that all your providers are on the same page to help you be as healthy as possible.

Will my information be confidential?

Maintaining client confidentiality is a core value of the Alliance for Positive Health. Safe housing and good health care is a partnership, so we will need some releases of information in order for you to be enrolled in the program.

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What clients say

Changing lives by meeting people where they are.

Grateful for housing security

I am extremely grateful to the Alliance for giving me security in my housing. I was approved for the MRT subsidy in August of 2019 and the Alliance approved me, and for the past three years, I have had the security of knowing that I would be able to keep my housing. For this and many other reasons, I am deeply grateful to the Alliance for Positive Health.

Anthony, Albany, NY

Safe, secure, stress free

Thanks to the great staff at the Alliance and the HOPWA program, I'm currently living in a safe, secure, stress free environment.