The BAS Legal Advocacy Program provides representation,
advice and advocacy to Bronx residents living with
HIV/AIDS. We provide legal assistance – free of charge – to
our clients in a broad range of civil matters, including:
housing and eviction
denial or termination of public benefits
domestic violence issues
custody and care of children
future care and planning
Each year, we help hundreds of clients avoid eviction, keep
themselves safe and their families intact, and maintain the
income necessary for them to meet their basic needs.
Homelessness Prevention Project
According to the New York City Department of Investigation,
there were 7,763 residential evictions in the Bronx in
2006. Homelessness can be particularly devastating for
persons living with HIV/AIDS, whose access to and
maintenance in primary medical care has been directly
correlated with the stability of their housing. We provide
legal advice and/or representation in housing court cases on
behalf of clients facing eviction in nonpayment or holdover
proceedings. Project attorneys also provide advocacy to
force landlords to make necessary repairs to bring
apartments into compliance with the City’s housing code.
Equal Access to Income and Care Project
Our clients predominantly rely on various forms of
government assistance to meet their basic needs. We assist
clients with advocating before City agencies (incuding the
HIV/AIDS Services Administration) and in administrative
hearings to obtain or maintain their public shelter and cash
benefits, federal housing subsidies, food stamps, Medicaid,
or Social Security (SSI/SSD) benefits. Program staff also
help clients with executing health care proxies, living
wills, powers of attorney and last will and testaments.
Family Law Project
Clients seeking to navigate the Family Court system can
receive legal assistance in a variety of matters, including
custody, guardianship and future care, visitation, abuse and
neglect, child support and adoptions.
Domestic Violence Survivor’s Initiative
Domestic violence survivors receive legal advice and
representation in obtaining orders of protection, as well as
in housing cases and family court matters, from staff who
specialize in the unique interconnections between domestic
violence and HIV. Our comprehensive approach to a
survivor’s legal issues includes referrals to
community-based domestic violence service providers.
Permanency Planning Initiative
Under New York law, a parent with a qualifying illness such
as HIV/AIDS may designate another adult as a Standby
Guardian of his or her minor children, should the parent
become temporarily or permanently incapacitated or
deceased. Legal Advocacy Program staff counsel parents on
their permanency planning options for their children, and
assist clients with preparing these written designations or
filing in court for judicially-appointed guardians.
Consumer Rights Project
Clients can obtain legal advice or representation in dealing
with utility shut-offs, educational loan collections, or
other debt-related legal issues.
To empower those whose lives are affected by HIV/AIDS to
advocate effectively on their own behalf, the staff at the
Legal Advocacy Program regularly present workshops and
trainings on topics such as:
and partner notification
to public benefits
future care and permanency planning
Workshops are conducted at our offices, and at sites
throughout the Bronx.
The Legal Advocacy Program receives referrals from many
including judges, clients, case managers, lawyers and
care providers. The Legal Advocacy Program can assist you
if you are an HIV+ resident of the Bronx, or your
provides services to HIV+
Legal Advocacy Intakes (walk-in, no appointment necessary):
540 E. Fordham Road: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00 a.m.
– 4:00 p.m.
953 Southern Boulevard: 1st Monday of
every month 9:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Home and hospital intakes are available for individuals who
are physically unable to travel to our office locations.
For more information about our services, call (718)
Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
For more information
about our services, call
Monday through Friday,
between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.