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October 12, 2022



Deputy Speaker Ayala Proposes to Incentivize Users To Bring Needles to Harlem's Safe Injection Site

East Harlem City Council Member and Deputy Speaker Diana Ayala has proposed a bill to pay drug users 20 cents for every syringe they bring to either of the two safe injection sites in East Harlem or Washington Heights.

This bill would require the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), in consultation with overdose prevention centers (OPCs) operating in New York City, to establish a pilot program, to offer financial incentives for the return of used needles, syringes, and sharps to overdose prevention centers for disposal. The program would be open only to individuals who use OPCs for drug consumption. The bill would authorize DOHMH to set the buyback incentive, up to 20 cents per needle, syringe or sharp, with a cap of $10 per individual per day. 

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The program would expire after one year and would then require DOHMH to make a recommendation as to whether to make the program permanent and whether to expand it beyond the OPC centers.

View The Legislation

On Twitter, a number of people questioned whether or not Deputy Speaker Ayala was accurately describing the legislation she is listed as authoring.  Ayala stated:

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The misstatement by Deputy Speaker Ayala was pointed out, below:

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Concerned Citizens for Better Coalition for a Better Harlem Joins GHC

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The Concerned Citizens for Better Coalition for a Better Harlem recently formed in Sugar Hill to advocate for community concerns to be addressed in a proposed supportive housing complex at West 145th Street and Amsterdam Avenue. 

CCBC is focused on insuring that this development by Health and Hospitals (contracted to a major player in the homeless shelter industry - BRC) replaces the community health clinic that has been shuttered and provides affordable housing for community members.


Closing Congregant Shelters

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Mayor Eric Adams unveiled a multiyear plan to address New York City’s growing housing crisis, pledging to make rentals and homeownership more affordable, to help homeless people find permanent housing, and to invest in the New York City Housing Authority, the largest public housing entity in the United States. Shams DaBaron, an advocate for housing insecure New Yorkers, is  part of the panel that helped create this Blueprint for Housing.

Click below to see the segment on PIX 11:


Thank Mayor Adams and The Homeless Hero

We are encouraged to hear of @NYCMayor 's plans to close congregate housing and increase safe havens and mixed income housing. We commend @homeless_hero for his advocacy.

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