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

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