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Housing Works

About Housing Works

Housing Works is the largest community-based AIDS service organization in the United States, as well as the nation's largest minority-controlled AIDS service organization. Since our founding in 1990, we have provided lifesaving services, such as housing, medical and mental health care, meals, job training, drug treatment, HIV prevention education, and social support to more than 20,000 homeless and low-income New Yorkers living with HIV and AIDS.

Housing Works also runs social enterprise businesses that raise millions of dollars every year to help pay for the services that we provide, spread awareness of our mission, and provide jobs to graduates of our Job Training Program. Our best-known businesses are Housing Works Thrift Shops, a chain of upscale thrift shops located throughout New York City, and the Housing Works Bookstore Café, a used bookstore, literary hub and concert venue located in Soho in downtown Manhattan.

Since 1990, Housing Works has:

  • provided a range of lifesaving and empowering services to more than 20,000 New Yorkers living with HIV and AIDS
  • won international recognition and governmental and philanthropic awards for innovative models of housing and services for hard-to-reach populations
  • become the nation's leading advocate for the rights of homeless people living with HIV/AIDS through bold organizing, advocacy and litigation
  • created the nation's first and most successful job training program for homeless people living with HIV/AIDS
  • created lucrative businesses that are integral to New York City's cultural landscape and provide critical funding for our client services.

How to Reach Housing Works

Housing Works, Inc.
320 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10014

Phone: 1.212.645.8111
Fax: 1.212.645.8750
TTY users call: 1.212.925.9560
E-mail: smith-caronia@housingworks.org
Web: www.housingworks.org

Latest by Housing Works

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Housing and HIV: Hold on to HUD!

Numerous housing and HIV/AIDS advocacy organizations are rallying in D.C. on Wednesday, Jul. 24 at 1 p.m. at the Capitol Southeast Lawn (1st and Independence SE, Washington D.C.). This coalition of organizations is joining together to demand a repeal...

By Rebekah Horowitz for Housing Works
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HASA Changes Housing Policies Again, Marking Fourth Change in Over Two Years

Over the last few months, there have been a lot of rumors about HASA changing its housing policies, including word from CBOs and case managers that leases for one-bedroom apartments were no longer being accepted, making it dangerously difficult for p...

By Sunny Bjerk for Housing Works
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HIV Infection Rates Continue to Rise Among MSM and Communities of Color

Last week the CDC released its latest figures on HIV/AIDS infection rates within the United States, and a few things were made clear.

The good news is that overall, new HIV infections on the whole have not increased. Since the mid 90s, the annual do...

By Sunny Bjerk for Housing Works
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Is "AIDS Fatigue" Real? Media Coverage of HIV/AIDS Has Sharply Declined

A recent ruling that found a New York City realtor guilty of HIV discrimination "was a monumental achievement and very big news," Housing Works' Sunny Bjerk writes. "Yet save a few HIV/AIDS organizations and some wonderful social media chatter, the s...

By Sunny Bjerk for Housing Works
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A Free Man: David Plunkett Finally Released and Speaks to Housing Works

After serving five years in a New York State prison for biting a police officer and wrongfully being convicted for "aggravated assault with a dangerous instrument" because he has HIV, David Plunkett was finally released and walked out a free man on J...

By Sunny Bjerk for Housing Works
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Elton John and Phill Wilson Call for Public HIV Status Disclosures Worldwide

In the opening hours of AIDS 2012, singer and AIDS activist Elton John joined Phill Wilson, head of the Black AIDS Institute, to call for people with HIV worldwide to disclose their status publicly, in an effort to communally fight stigma and misperc...

By Lucile Scott for Housing Works
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Same Gray Area: D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray Fails to Come Clean About City's HIV/AIDS Rates Again

This morning as D.C. Mayor Gray took the stage to speak at the official opening of the Global Village at the International AIDS Conference, at least a dozen Housing Works activists marched down the aisles chanting "Housing is health care, end the wai...

By Sunny Bjerk for Housing Works
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Why I'm Marching to End AIDS: Melanie Haskin Reese, Baltimore

Melanie Haskin Reese, 60, tells Housing Works why she's headed to D.C. for the We Can End AIDS march on July 24th and why she's working overtime to sign up Baltimorians to get on the bus with her.

Why is it important to you to travel to D.C. for the...

By Lucile Scott for Housing Works
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Housing Works' East New York Community Health Center Celebrates Expansion With Ribbon Cutting

A newly renovated health center on Pitkin Avenue in East New York marks a milestone for the HIV/AIDS organization Housing Works: It's the first Housing Works center that will serve all people regardless of HIV status.

By Kenyon Farrow for Housing Works
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HASA Officials' Testimony Contradicts Reality

NYC HRA officials testified at yesterday's City Council General Welfare Committee hearing on recent policy changes to HASA that new changes in HASA policies didn't harm clients. But there was plenty of testimony by providers and HASA clients that pro...

By Kenyon Farrow for Housing Works