The Partnership for the Homeless

Meet our new Positive Step Director

Daniel Castellanos brings his extensive experience in community health to the Partnership

DanielThe Partnership for the Homeless is pleased to introduce Daniel Castellanos as the Director of our Positive Step program. 

Daniel initiated his career in public health as a community activist. In 1996, he founded and chaired the Colombian Lesbian and Gay Association (COLEGA), providing a voice to Colombian immigrants living in NYC. As founder, board president, and former director of Queens Pride House (QPH), an LGBT community center in Queens County, Daniel strongly advocated for developing and implementing community health through committed partnering with community leaders, public health officials, and academia.

In ten years of professional work in HIV/AIDS, Daniel participated in a broad range of programmatic activities and research projects. He developed Proyecto P.A.P.I., Gay Men Health Crisis’ first HIV prevention program fully devoted to address the needs of Latino gay and bisexual men. As Assistant Director of the Community-Based Research and Evaluation Unit of the Institute for Gay Men’s Health, he oversaw qualitative and quantitative research on HIV/STI and health care access.

Daniel has a DrPH in Public Health from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. He received a pre-doctoral fellowship from the Center for Homelessness Prevention Studies at Columbia University. His doctoral research focused on homelessness among young gay men in NYC.