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  • NY Gov Convenes Task Force to Implement Plan to End AIDS in NY; Housing Works CEO King to Co-Chair

    Housing Works CEO Charles King, NY State end AIDS Task Force co-chair

    Housing Works President & CEO Charles King (pictured here) and NY DOH Office of Public Health Deputy Commissioner Guthrie Birkhead have been appointed as Co-Chairs of the State Task Force to End the AIDS epidemic, which was announced today by NY Governor Andrew Cuomo.

    Governor Cuomo Convenes Task Force to End AIDS by 2020

    October 14, 2014—The Housing Works community commends Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Department of Health (NY DOH) for bringing the Governor’s previously announced plan to end AIDS as an epidemic in New York by 2020 a step closer to reality: Today, the Governor’s Office …

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    Posted on October 14, 2014 at 10:53 am

  • The State of HIV in New York State: A Close-Up on the Northeast NY/Albany Region

    The State of HIV in New York State: A Close-Up on the Northeast NY/Albany Region

    Shortly, we will be hearing from the NYS Department of Health and the Governor’s Office about what will be needed to implement and achieve the goals proposed in the Governor’s three-point plan to end AIDS as an epidemic in New York by 2020.

    Any effective plan end AIDS as an epidemic in New York will depend on getting more people informed and educated, tested, diagnosed, into care and retained in care and on effective treatment as early as possible. To do that, accessible resources need to target and reach everyone, especially people who have traditionally fallen through the cracks in the current systems.

    The New York HIV continuum of care (also called the HIV treatment cascade), an estimate of the …

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    Posted on October 10, 2014 at 3:28 pm

  • HIV Advocates & Allies Gather at NYC City Hall to Rally for an AIDS-FREE NY (w/VIDEO)

    HIV Advocates & Allies Gather at NYC City Hall to Rally for an AIDS-FREE NY (w/VIDEO)

    AIDS-FREE NY 2020 Depends on Expanding Housing, Food & Other Basic Benefits

    On October 9, 2014, Housing Works joined VOCAL-NY and other HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ, and homeless youth advocates on the steps of City Hall to promote a statewide campaign for expanded access to housing, food, and transportation for low-income people living with HIV, which will enable our communities to move toward our shared vision of ending AIDS as an epidemic in New York State by 2020.

    The rally’s focus was on the need to expand lifesaving rental assistance, nutrition, and transportation benefits to all poor New Yorkers living with HIV—hence, the “End Poverty, End Homelessness, End AIDS” slogan that attendees chanted and that appeared on posters and …

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    Posted on October 9, 2014 at 3:44 pm

  • Halloween at Housing Works Thrift Shops!

    Halloween at Housing Works Thrift Shops!

    Halloween is kind of a big deal in the thrift world; where else can you get totally original costumes on the cheap that are (for the most part) 100% flame retardant? Housing Works Thrift Shops are here for you this Halloween, stop by any location and get inspired. Pinching your pennies these days? Get the most bang for $25 at our Buy the Bag Shop in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Stuff a bag full of pre-loved treasures that can work for just this holiday, or really, ANY day.

    In the spirit of the season, we’ve collected some fabulous thrifty costume ideas for you courtesy of our charity brethren to the north, Boomerangs (Log Lady, hello!), the sustainable fashion experts …

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    Posted on October 8, 2014 at 9:44 am

  • Literary Speed Dating, Tales of Two Cities, Darcey Steinke & Rob Sheffield: October at HWBC

    This week we are delighted to partner with New York Comic Con’s Super Week for two events at the bookstore, both featuring Brooklyn Brewery Defender beer! And plan ahead, get your tickets now for our upcoming events I Like Your Glasses (next week!) and Rookie Yearbook Three. We’re honored to be launching an important new anthology, Tales of Two Cities, with an all-star lineup of contributors. We’re hosting launch events for Grace Helbig, Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer-Camp, and Darcey Steinke, plus a discussion of the life and work of musician Arthur Russell and our annual Rocktober Sale. That’s just the next two weeks! (And one more reminder: we now open at 9AM!)

    Posted on October 7, 2014 at 4:02 pm

  • ACTION ALERT: NYC, 10/9, End AIDS in NY by Expanding Access to Housing, Food & Transportation

    ACTION ALERT: NYC, 10/9, End AIDS in NY by Expanding Access to Housing, Food & Transportation

    ACTION ALERT: NYC Rally & Campaign Kick-off at City Hall

    WHAT: Rally and campaign kick-off to expand housing, food, and transportation benefits to all low-income NYers living with HIV

    WHERE: Steps of City Hall

    WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 9th, 12PM (noon). (arrive at 11:30AM to get through security)

    TRANSPORTATION: 4,5,6 or J,M,Z trains to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall; 2,3 trains to Park Place; R,W trains to City Hall

    WHO: Allied elected officials, leaders from the HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ, and homeless youth movements, and people directly impacted

    Join VOCAL-NY, Housing Works, and other advocates on the steps of City Hall this Thursday, (10/9) at 12PM! Join leaders from the HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ, and homeless youth communities …

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    Posted on October 6, 2014 at 3:10 pm

  • New York State of Mind: HIV By the Numbers in NYS & NYC

    New York State of Mind: HIV By the Numbers in NYS & NYC

    In the coming months, leading up New York Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal in January, we will be hearing more details about what will be needed to implement and achieve the goals proposed in the Governor’s three-point plan to end AIDS as an epidemic in New York by 2020.

    The state plan, announced in June, focuses on improved HIV testing to get undiagnosed HIV-positive New Yorkers diagnosed and into care, using all available tools (including PrEP) to prevent the spread of the virus, especially to those at high risk, and better treatment for people who have HIV to keep them at optimal health and to prevent transmission of the virus to others.

    The brass ring, however, will be to push …

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    Posted on October 3, 2014 at 6:58 pm

  • Sand Castle Housing Project Sued for Housing Discrimination

    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 …

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    Posted on September 30, 2014 at 10:33 am

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