Federal lawsuit alleges blatant refusal to accept applicants living with AIDS and utilizing a public housing subsidy
Today, two clients of the New York City HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA) filed a federal lawsuit against the owners of the Sand Castle housing complex in Far Rockaway, New York, alleging housing discrimination that is prohibited by the Fair Housing Act and the New York City Human Rights Law.
The lawsuit, Marcano v. Sandcastle Towers Housing Development Fund Corp., alleges that the defendants blatantly refused to rent to the plaintiffs after the plaintiffs revealed that they were clients of HASA, i.e., recipients of a public subsidy living with symptomatic HIV illness or AIDS. In fact, the plaintiffs say, they were informed …
Posted on September 30, 2014 at 10:33 am
Just three short months ago, on June 29, 2014, coinciding with NYC Gay Pride, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo committed New York State to a plan ending AIDS as an epidemic by the year 2020.
In the coming months, the roadmap on how we reach that ambitious goal will get rolled out and begin to take shape. One of the challenges will be for the steps in the implementation plan to include among them not only the biomedical goals—identifying undiagnosed people with HIV and getting them into care; getting those who are HIV-positive on effective treatment and virally suppressed so they remain healthy and to minimize the possibility of transmission to other people; and expanded access to new prevention …
Posted on September 25, 2014 at 3:03 pm
Tis the season for apple picking, leaf peeping, and, you guessed it, THRIFTING! We’ve got a number of events lined up we think you’ll fall for. Tonight is your last chance to shop Best of Fall at our newly renovated Chelsea Thrift Shop. Don’t miss out on deep discounts on our best seasonal merchandise. Prefer to shop from home? We got you covered with Best of Fall Online. We just slashed prices, too!
Come October, get your jewelry fix when Gramercy hosts an Adornments NYC Trunk Show on Saturday, October 4. The following Thursday, October 9, designer/blogger/stylist Stefany Mohebban returns to our Soho Shop for round two of her super popular Pretty in Thrift party. Come …
Posted on September 24, 2014 at 10:54 am
The fall season is in full swing at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe. Celebrate Banned Books Week with a screening of The Outsiders, popcorn and all. Then one of our favorite events, Ask Roulette, returns, and this weekend we welcome the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. Plus we celebrate Paul Pope, a new DISH, stories of the suburbs, a new novella, National Coming Out Day, and tattoo stories. There are still more exciting October events we will be announcing soon, so keep an eye on this newsletter and our social media for more information. And, in case you missed it, we have new hours: We now open an hour earlier, at 9AM, Monday through Friday. Stop by early for coffee, tea, breakfast sandwiches, bagels, and of course, …
Posted on September 23, 2014 at 1:15 pm
HELP SAVE HOMELESS YOUTH: SUPPORT THE RUNAWAY AND HOMELESS YOUTH AND TRAFFICKING PREVENTION ACT
The Housing Works Outreach to Homeless Youth Program, based in East New York in Brooklyn is a member of the Runaway Homeless Youth Coalition in New York State. Throughout the years the program has worked with various street outreach programs to maintain support for the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (RHYTPA) and the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) and to prevent them from losing additional funding within the federal budget. Both these programs are crucial to sustaining the lives of many young runaway homeless youth who are at risk in multiple …
Posted on September 17, 2014 at 2:38 pm
BRAKING AIDS® Ride 2014 Begins With Renewed Optimism in the Fight to Achieve an AIDS-FREE Future
On Friday, September 12, over 100 activists began a three-day, 300-mile journey from Boston To New York for BRAKING AIDS® Ride, a charity event supporting Housing Works. Boston Channel 7 was there to cover the opening ceremony in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, which featured a moving speech by Housing Works President and CEO Charles King.
The community of riders and crew who participate in the ride more often than not have a very personal connection to HIV/AIDS, either because of those they have lost to the disease, because they have loved ones who live with HIV, because they live with HIV …
Posted on September 15, 2014 at 8:37 am
We hope you’ve already experienced the wonder that is Best of Fall, if not, you’ve got eight more opportunities to get your hands on hand-picked discounted designer and vintage fashion, art, furniture and collectibles — including 5 PM tonight at our Gramercy Shop. Schedule jam packed? That’s fine too, somehow we can always find time for a little online shopping, and so can you when Best of Fall heads online next Wednesday, September 17. Our in-house experts curated an incredible collection with finds from Alexis Bittar to Alexander McQueen.
Speaking of the internet, did you know you could win a $1500 designer furniture shopping spree from our charity partners at Viyet.com? Well it’s true, but you’ve only got …
Posted on September 10, 2014 at 9:50 am
Back to Books at HWBC: Lev Grossman, Roxane Gay, Ask Roulette, Comedy, Poetry, Midwest Lit, and More
It finally feels like fall and we’re so ready with sales and great events here at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe. First, a special surprise: because we were unexpectedly closed most of last Saturday, we are having a make-up day for the sale weekend this Saturday. Hurray! Save 30% off our already discounted prices! For a good cause! Plus, this week we feature sea-themed poetry, and next week the kid’s book sale kicks off, Comedy Notebook returns, we celebrate the literature of the MidWest, and the horror of emails. Then, a conversation on the magical and fantastical, a celebration of one of our favorite imprints, and Ask Roulette is back. Get out your planner, we have a lot of homework.
Posted on September 9, 2014 at 1:43 pm