Spring came early this year, and we are NOT complaining. Winter teased us with its few 60 degree days, and now more than ever are we craving the warm, sunny weather.
Now it’s time to put a little spring in your step! We’ve got so many fun, seasonal shopping events coming your way this month starting with “Best of Spring” kicking off TODAY at our 2nd Ave location! Shop our best fashion, furniture, and art donations at all 13 Thrift Shops, and know that your purchases help fund Housing Works’ lifesaving services! Now how’s that for some guilt-free shopping? Locations, dates and times here.
Clearance prices will be in effect leading up to each event, and remember …
Posted on March 2, 2017 at 11:32 am
Transgender rights have come under attack— specifically regarding trans and gender non-conforming students in schools. President Trump revoked guidelines issued by President Obama that specified that transgender students have the right to use restrooms in public schools that correspond to their gender identity. In New York State, Governor Cuomo has directed schools to protect transgender students, but trans students in many states will not be offered the same support or protections.
“States’ rights should never trump human rights! No one should be delegitimized by government, and restricting access to public accommodations is a blatant and violent civil rights violation,” said Housing Works President and CEO Charles King.
You can raise your voice in support of trans students by calling the Department of Education …
Posted on February 24, 2017 at 12:39 pm
On Thursday, February 23, Housing Works joined with 100 HIV and health advocates including representatives from GMHC, VOCAL-NY, BOOM! Health, NBLCA, Amida Care, Exponents, and Latino Commission on AIDS, for a press conference and rally outside of Governor Cuomo’s New York City office to demand that the Governor and Legislature restore $22 million in cuts to NYC public health programs in this year’s final New York State budget. The burden of these cuts would hit the City’s newly launched Sexual Health Clinics as well as its successful Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic (ETE) initiative, which achieved an 8.3% decrease in new HIV diagnoses in 2015.
The cuts will also affect a number of other critical …
Posted on February 24, 2017 at 12:10 pm
Tonight, we’re excited to see you ALL here for a conversation on girlhood, 2017, pain, and pleasure, with Robin Wasserman, Jia Tolentino, Ashely C. Ford, Megan Abbott, and Lauren Duca, in honor of the paperback release for Girls on Fire.
Coming up next week, our first Live From Home of 2017. Wednesday, March 1, Country/rock legend Marty Stuart in an intimate conversation and solo performance to benefit Housing Works lifesaving services. $25 tickets are still available, grab yours soon!
And mark your calendars for incredible programs coming up! The next Loose: A Comedy Show is happening Thursday, March 9, Jenny Lawson launches her latest on Thursday, March 16, and Morgan Parker, Kimberly Drew, and Margo Jefferson in a …
Posted on February 21, 2017 at 5:42 pm
On Friday, February 10, Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett announced the expansion of HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) services as part of NYC’s Ending the Epidemic (ETE) plan.
NYC’s STD clinics will be renamed as Sexual Health Clinics will now have additional staff and expanded hours. New initiatives include the JumpstART program, which will link those newly-diagnosed with HIV with anti-retroviral treatment. “Through JumpstART, patients receiving a positive HIV diagnosis can begin taking antiretroviral therapy (ART) that same day in the clinic. This is a game changer. The days of waiting weeks and weeks to start HIV medications are over,” said Commissioner Bassett in Gay City News.
NYC will also …
Posted on February 13, 2017 at 12:37 pm
Join us at New York Public Library for the launch of Housing Works History, a multimedia timelime that traces the history of the organization from its start over 25 years ago.
Housing Works History: HIV/AIDS, Homelessness, and Design
Tuesday, February 21
The New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger Forum
In the beginning of the 1990s, New York City had less than 350 units of housing for an estimated 13,000 homeless individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Those left outside were relegated to makeshift encampments or the shelter system, whose physical design—large rooms with rows of beds—allowed colds and infections to easily travel among people with compromised immune systems.
Posted on February 10, 2017 at 2:20 pm
February Events: Valentine’s Dance Party, Speculative Fiction & Political Unrest, Friday Happy Hours
Happy February to all of you, friends and followers of Housing Works. We have been busy this early 2017 marching, protesting, working, and thinking, like many of you, and are looking forward to a full spring season of incredible events and gatherings.
It’s our great honor to present Monday, February 13, our Queer Valentine’s Dance Party + Book Launch for Jenny Johnson’s In Full Velvet. This special event will be what we do best: great writers, great dancing, great drinks, and a night of love as big and queer as it has always been for us here at Housing Works.
And coming up soon, our favorite sale of the year, it’s Geek Week, February 20 – 27! 30% …
Posted on February 9, 2017 at 11:18 pm
The following remarks were presented by Housing Works President and CEO Charles King at the Hepatitis C Elimination Summit in Albany, New York on February 7, 2017:
Good morning. Welcome to New York State’s first Hepatitis C Elimination Summit. I want to note that today is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Given the disparities in both HIV and Hepatitis C, I believe it is wholly appropriate that we have chosen this day to focus on elimination of Hepatitis C.
In August, 2013, a group of about 30 of us, including some who are in the room today, met on the 2nd Floor of the Capitol with then Deputy Secretary for Health Courtney Burke to make the case for Governor Cuomo committing to …
Posted on February 7, 2017 at 3:20 pm