Harm Reduction Peer Academy: Spring 2024 Manhattan Harm Reduction @ Cylar House

(Application: Due March 29, 2024)


The Housing Works Manhattan Harm Reduction and Syringe Services Program was established in October 1992. Its purpose is to provide equipment, counseling, and interventions to minimize the harmful effects of substance use and to encourage safer behaviors. This is part of a low-barrier approach to reach people who are often left out of the clinical setting and to reduce the transmission of blood-borne infections like HIV and Hep C. The goal of the Peer Academy is to provide an opportunity to work in a professional capacity delivering harm reduction interventions. The Academy provides support to the various Housing Works departments throughout the Housing Works Community and is expanding this opportunity to partnered organizations. The program requires applicants to be engaged in a service plan and to have a solid and consistent support system. Classes are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 12 pm – 2 pm, with the last day of classes on May 17, 2024.

The curriculum is divided into two modules:

a) Foundational Peer Worker Training

b) Continued Peer Worker Training

Successful completion of the Harm Reduction Peer Academy is evaluated based on active participation in class, attendance, and exam performance. While this program does not guarantee employment after graduation, the program can assist participants might they are open to pursue available employment. View Flyer here

Applicant must have:

  • Lived experience with HIV, Hep C, or accessing harm reduction services.
  • Been enrolled in a Housing Works life-saving program or a similar program in a collaborating/partnering agency for at least 3 months.
  • In compliance with program regulations and treatment plan.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate efficiently, complete given assignments, and function in a group environment.
  • Be dependable, dedicated, and have a willingness to serve their community.

To apply follow these directions:

Send completed application and supporting documents to:

Jacob Clary

Harm Reduction Counselor

Manhattan Harm Reduction Program

E-Mail: j.clary@housingworks.org

*Availability is limited: due to the ongoing pandemic, class sizes are small and we will engage in social distancing. Applicants secure a seat in the order it was received.*

Click here for the Peer Academy Application – Spring 2024 Cycle

Last Updated on March 8, 2024 by HepFree NYC

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