Harlem United Praises Mayor de Blasio’s FY 2017 Executive Budget

New York, NY — Today New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio released his FY 2017 Executive Budget, which includes investments of $5.5 million in a new, comprehensive plan to prevent and treat opioid addiction, $66 million to help address the city’s homelessness crisis, and expanded community-based preventative, primary, and outpatient care. The following is a statement from Jacquelyn Kilmer, Esq., CEO of Harlem United:

“On behalf of the over 16,000 New Yorkers served by Harlem United, I want to thank Mayor de Blasio for his historic commitment to public health and to addressing the city’s homelessness crisis. Whether through our primary medical care, housing, or harm reduction and syringe exchange services, we have seen first-hand the hope, health, and healing that results from serving communities where they live with personalized, culturally-competent care. This budget further inspires Harlem United’s partnership with the de Blasio administration to continue lifting up the communities we serve.”

Facts about Harlem United
In 2015:
• 16,242 clients accessed services
• 200,000 clean syringes were exchanged
• 708 New Yorkers were placed in safe & stable housing
• More than 50,000 hot meals were served to those affected by HIV and AIDS
• Our two Adult Day Health Centers served an average of 165 HIV-positive people daily
• 52 people were cured of Hepatitis C
• 4,153 HIV tests were performed.