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GMHC Announces Headquarters Move to Accommodate Expanding Services

2.7.2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Cub Barrett | 212-367-1561 | cubb@gmhc.org
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World’s First HIV/AIDS Organization Upgrades Office Space to New, Central Location to Better Serve Clients and Grow Programming

NEW YORK, NY (February 7, 2018)— Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) today announced plans to move its headquarters to a new office space at 307 West 38th Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues, in Midtown Manhattan. This move will make the agency’s lifesaving services even more accessible to its more than 12,000 annual clients living with or affected by HIV and AIDS.

The new location will be strategically laid out to enhance GMHC’s work, which ranges from HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention services to education programs, research, and advocacy. GMHC will be centrally located near several of New York City’s major transportation hubs: Times Square’s A, C, E, N, Q, R, W, 1, 2, 3, and 7 subway stations; the Port Authority Bus Terminal; and Penn Station.

GMHC will move into its new location by July 31, 2018.

“GMHC continues to grow to serve the needs of our clients and all New Yorkers. Ensuring that our space best meets the needs of our community—especially those most in need of our services, including both HIV-negative and HIV-positive people—is a top priority,” said GMHC CEO Kelsey Louie. “We’re excited to move our headquarters to a more central, accessible location that will also better accommodate our operations and the services we offer. Our new offices will have an efficient, welcoming layout, enhancing our work toward ending the AIDS epidemic. We also want to thank our New York City Council Member and newly elected Speaker of the City Council, Corey Johnson, for helping to facilitate this move.”

The new, 110,000-square-foot space will occupy six floors of the building (floors 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, and 8) and will house GMHC’s current programming—and be flexible enough to allow for future growth. (GMHC’s David Geffen Center for HIV Prevention and Health Education, whose staff in 2016 administered more than 4,300 HIV tests, will remain in its existing location at 224 West 29th Street.)

As in the current headquarters, the new space will feature the Peter Krueger Dining Room, which will serve clients with hot lunches four days a week and dinner on Friday evenings; the Keith Haring Food Pantry Program; a dedicated entry for GMHC staff, clients, guests, supporters, and other visitors; counseling, wellness, and group meeting rooms; New York State-licensed substance use and mental health clinics; office space for GMHC staff; the SUNY client computer lab; workforce development facilities; and much more. The new headquarters will also include a rooftop space that clients can use in the warmer months, as well as accommodate community events.

2017 was a year of major growth for GMHC. In October, the agency announced a strategic partnership with ACRIA, a leading HIV research and education nonprofit, whose staff and programs have moved into GMHC’s offices. Through the partnership, GMHC will be able to scale up a number of its current services, creating a new kind of center of excellence that will offer an increased capacity for prevention and education services, program research and evaluation, and advocacy. The partnership will also help both organizations raise their national profiles. 

Earlier last year, GMHC expanded its scope of direct services with the opening of its own state-licensed mental health and substance use clinics. Through the Article 31 Carl Jacobs Mental Health Clinic, which opened in May, GMHC offers mental health services to adults of all orientations affected by HIV/AIDS, complementing its other mental health-focused services. Through the Article 32 Substance Use Clinic, which opened in September and works in conjunction with the Carl Jacobs Clinic, GMHC has expanded its comprehensive service-delivery model to care for people experiencing substance use issues—many of whom have a dual diagnosis with mental health issues.

Additionally, on World AIDS Day, December 1, GMHC was named one of just three gold winners of the 2017 New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards, which recognize all aspects of nonprofit management. The award was given by the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York after an extensive nine-month review process by a 29-member selection team.

GMHC has been operating at 446 West 33rd Street in Manhattan’s Far West Side since 2010.

 

 

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About Gay Men's Health Crisis: Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) is the world's first HIV/AIDS service organization. GMHC is on the front lines providing services to over 12,000 people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Programs include: testing, prevention, nutrition, legal, supportive housing, mental health and substance use services. GMHC also advocates for stronger public policies at the local, state and federal levels with the goal of ending AIDS as an epidemic. For more information, visit  www.gmhc.org.