by Charles King, President and CEO of Housing Works
Last night, like many people, I felt a knot growing in the pit of my stomach as the realization gradually sunk in that our nation had elected as president a man who wears his racism, xenophobia, and misogyny on his chest like badges of honor. As I anxiously flipped from posting to posting on Facebook, looking for any glimmer of hope, I started increasingly to see words like “panic,” angry,” and “afraid”—until some variation of those words was appearing in almost every post I read.
This flood of words carried me back to the very worst days of my own life and of many in this community, some 30 years ago. Caught up in …
Posted on November 9, 2016 at 2:57 pm
Tonight: Black & White Party for Alexander Chee; Thurs: Marc Maron, Janeane Garofalo headline LOOSE!
Dear New Yorkers,
We hope you’re all nursing your Halloween hangovers in style, with bloody mary’s garnished with mini-Snickers. Looking for some great fiction, great parties, and great comedy to round out your week? Look no further then this week’s exciting line-up:
Tonight, Wednesday, November 2, Alexander Chee hosts a black & white party for the paperback release of his bestselling novel The Queen of the Night & release of the 15th anniversary edition of his first novel, Edinburgh. We’ll have complimentary gin punch and wine, masks to take and wear, and a short performance from the novel featuring: Chee, Justin Vivian Bond, Maaza Mengiste, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Tim Murphy, Sam Sax, Ed Lin, Mira Jacob, and Lisa Flanagan.
Posted on October 31, 2016 at 11:34 pm
From our friends at the National AIDS Housing Coalition:
Urgent Need to Increase HOPWA by $21 million for FY17
PLEASE ACT TODAY!
HIV/AIDS housing supporters in New York State:
Public Law 114-201, signed by the President on July 29, updates the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) formula, including a long-sought switch to counting those living with HIV rather than cumulative AIDS. The new formula is phased in over 5 years beginning in FY17. Negotiations are underway now in the Congress to provide a full-year funding bill for FY17. Unless we take action now, HOPWA may be flat funded at $335 million and vulnerable households may lose housing assistance.
Posted on October 14, 2016 at 4:01 pm
Join us on October 15th for the Grand Opening of our new Thrift Shop located on 2nd Avenue and 64th Street from noon to 7pm.
We'll be celebrating the occasion with:
* An EPIC Instagram sweepstakes!
* Hourly giveaways!
* A groovy shopping playlist!
* Fun photo opportunities!
* Some serious savings!
It's going to be a GRAND old time, so we hope to see you there!
Posted on October 10, 2016 at 12:37 pm
Happy crisp & cool weather to all of you! We’re celebrating decorative gourd season with a genuinely unique and blockbuster line-up of events this month. This Friday night, we are hosting our first-ever party in BROOKLYN. As in, not at our bookstore in Soho. It’s crazy: we collaborated with Kickstarter’s The Creative Independent and invited our all-time favorite writers, humorists, musicians, and artists to come do what they’re great at in Industry City to help raise funds for Housing Works’ services. Plus: free wine and beer! That’ll be: Jazmine Hughes as MC, Mychal Denzel Smith, Sadie Dupuis, Dorothea Lasky, Doreen St. Felix, Waxahatchee, Shamir, Mutual Benefit, and Adam J. Kurtz (whose new book came out yesterday, come buy it & get it signed!).
Posted on October 4, 2016 at 11:16 pm
On Monday,September 26, Housing Works joined housing advocates from across New York City at New York City Hall for a press conference in support of tenants’ right to counsel in housing court. Intro 214, also known as the Right to Counsel bill, would make New York City the first jurisdiction in the country to provide legal counsel to low-income tenants in housing court.
After a lively rally and press conference on the steps of City Hall, staff attorney Edward Campanelli delivered this testimony on behalf of Housing Works:
Testimony of Housing Works before the New York City Council Committee on Courts and Legal Services regarding Legal Counsel for Low-income Eligible NYC Tenants Subject to Eviction, Ejectment or Foreclosure Proceedings (Proposed Int. No. 214-A), …
Posted on September 27, 2016 at 12:06 pm
We cannot WAIT for the fall weather, and if you’re like us, your closet has already been transitioning over to sweaters, booties, and skinny jeans. Lucky for you, we still have several of our Best of Fall events left where you can snag the ultimate fall wardrobe for prices that leave room in your wallet for that #pumpkinspicelatte. Basic? Maybe, but so damn good.
We know you’re going to want to share those cute fall outfits, so make sure to tag @housingworks to be featured on our feed. We love to see how you #workit.
Are you a Housing Works member? Reap. Those. Benefits. As a Housing Works Advocate member or above, you get early access to our …
Posted on September 20, 2016 at 11:55 am
Yesterday afternoon the air felt suspiciously crispy, and our events calendar is nusier than ever, so I think that means we have officially entered fall and bid adieu to summer. Tonight, we are hosting an official Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend event with our friends at Catapult: celebrating the launch of Jane Alison‘s Nine Island with a conversation on love & desire with Alison, Alana Massey, Morgan Jerkins, and moderator Julie Buntin. This Thursday, Loose: A Comedy Show makes its first fall splash with guest hosts Aparna Nancherla & Josh Rabinowitz, and an incredible line-up including Emmy Blotnick, Chris Gethard, Ali Clayton, Alingon Mitra, Josh Johnson. $10 tickets get you a free drink!
Looking ahead, on Monday, September 19, we’re hosting the first …
Posted on September 13, 2016 at 7:36 pm