The HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA) is a NYC program created in 1985 in recognition of the fact that people living with HIV/AIDS have special needs in accessing and maintaining their government benefits. HASA has had several previous names, including the Division of AIDS Services and Income Support (DASIS) and the Division of AIDS Services (DAS).
While some benefits, such as an enhanced rent allowance, are available throughout New York State to eligible beneficiaries, the full benefit package under HASA, including the nutrition and transportation allowance, intensive case management and housing assistance, is available only to New York City residents.
WHO ADMINISTERS THE PROGRAM
The HASA program is administered by the New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA).
HASA recipients may be eligible for a full array of benefit programs, many of which are also available to non-HASA eligible individuals, such as Medicaid, SNAP, Cash Assistance rent arrear grants, etc. Funding for these benefits are the same as for any other eligible individual.
Funding for the rent enhancement comes from NYS and NYC. For benefits which are specific to the HASA program in NYC, New York City funds are exclusively used.
Summary of HASA
HASA is a NYC program for individuals diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Qualified individuals may be eligible to receive a broad range of benefits and services, which may include a rent enhancement allowance and nutrition & transportation allowance. Applicants must be a resident of NYC as well as meet other eligibility criteria such as, citizenship/immigration criteria and the financial criteria.
There is no required application to apply for HASA benefits, although HASA does have a preferred application, Request for Program Admission for HASA Services (W-488X). All HASA eligible applicants must submit medical verification of their HIV/AIDS diagnosis with their application and cooperate with finger imaging and child support requirements.
The Human Resources Administration (HRA) authorizes a HASA case for 12 months. At the end of this period of time, households must continue to prove they meet the eligibility requirements of the program.
Additional Benefits Under HASA
SCATTER SITE AND CONGREGATE HOUSING
HASA beneficiaries may be eligible for scatter site and congregate housing which provide social services to eligible beneficiaries. See below, Additional Benefits Under HASA, Scatter Site and Congregate Housing.
HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE WITH AIDS (HOPWA)
HASA beneficiaries may be eligible for the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program, which provides housing assistance and supportive services for low-income HIV-infected persons and their families. See below, Additional Benefits Under HASA, Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA).