A Statement & Call-to-Action by Housing Works CEO Charles King on the Shootings of Alton Sterling & Philado Castile
On more than one occasion, my partner and Housing Works co-founder Keith Cylar told me that the biggest threat to his existence was not asthma, which almost killed him as an infant and several more times throughout his life, nor drugs, to which he was addicted for most of his adulthood, nor AIDS, which he lived with for over 20 years, nor homophobia, which he confronted almost every day from the time he came out as a teenager. The biggest threat to his existence, he said, was being a Black man living in America. I could not shake those words last night and again …
Posted on July 7, 2016 at 12:55 pm
Good morning, thrifty friends! We have some good news and great news to start your morning with!
The Good News:
We have awesome events happening in the shops this weekend! On Saturday, July 9th take a tour around the world, or just to your local spot (Chelsea, Columbus, SoHo, Upper East or West Village) and shop gadgets, gifts, art and decor from around the globe. If you’ve finally realized that black is not ideal for sunny, 90 degree days pop by Yorkville for an “All White Party”! Finally, Gramercy is bringing out the vinyl for their Media Meltdown event.
The Great News:
We’re so excited to announce our very first …
Posted on July 7, 2016 at 9:45 am
New York, NY—The Housing Works community had an amazing day participating in the Heritage of Pride LGBT March on Sunday, June 26. Together, a huge contingent of our staff, clients, volunteers, and friends and family marched and danced together down Fifth Avenue, alongside a fabulous double-decker bus that displayed our Housing Works banner proclaiming “RADICAL INCLUSION,” for accepting people as they are and for standing for love and kindness that heals.
That message seemed especially relevant this past weekend, with the June 12 shooting in Orlando weighing so heavily on our minds. We marched in tribute to the 49 individuals who were murdered in Orlando and in anger at how they died. We marched in solidarity and with pride in who we …
Posted on June 30, 2016 at 10:38 am
Tomorrow night, Thursday, July 7! Loose: A Comedy Show hosted by Jo Firestone and Josh Rabinowitz features free-wheeling laughs and chaotic bits. With performances by guest comics TBA.
$10 tickets are a donation to Housing Works, Inc., and include a free drink (beer, wine, coffee, tea). Doors at 6:45pm, show starts at 7pm! Not to be missed!
This July, we’ve got an exciting calendar of events coming up. If you’re an editor or agent of adult fiction, register now for the American Association of Publishers’ speed-networking event on Wednesday, July 13 — the second event in their great new series. Plus, we can’t wait for Hannah Pittard presents Listen to Me on Wednesday, July 20, featuring …
Posted on June 28, 2016 at 5:52 pm
Tomorrow night! Let your pride celebration continue: There are still spots left for I Like Your Glasses! Literary Speed Dating with CoverSpy – Queer Women edition, a night of mingling and 10% off books for ladies seeking ladies, who would rather be judged by their book cover. Register now so we can find someone for everyone to check out (library pun intended).
And coming up, we’ve got some lively July events on their way. Next Thursday, July 7, our acclaimed Loose: A Comedy Show returns (awesome guests to be announced!), and on Wednesday, July 13, the American Association of Publishers returns for their second in a series of speed-networking events — this time around for agents and editors of adult fiction. …
Posted on June 28, 2016 at 5:38 pm
Guest Post by Carmelita Cruz, Director of NY Advocacy
Just before the close of this legislative session, the Governor and Legislature announced several agreements on big ticket items such as ethics reform, daily fantasy sports betting, and the brunch bill (ensuring we all have access to alcoholic beverages earlier on Sundays), as well as release of funding for 1,200 units of supportive housing under the Affordable and Supportive Housing Plan announced earlier this year by Governor Cuomo. This means that a significant portion of the $2 billion set aside in the budget for this plan as yet to be appropriated for the remaining 4,800 units promised by the Governor, as well as other significant housing initiatives including rental assistance expansion for people living with Read More
Posted on June 22, 2016 at 12:31 pm
Albany, NY—In the final days of the 2016 New York State Legislative Session, the Senate and Assembly each passed a bill aimed at decreasing new HIV infections, sponsored by Assemblyman Richard Gottfried (Democrat, Manhattan) and Senator Kemp Hannon (Republican, Long Island).
The bill (A10724/S8129/Governor’s Program Bill #30) will remove provisions requiring informed consent for HIV testing, instead requiring that an individual be advised that an HIV test is going to be performed and that any objection to the test be noted in the patient’s record. This is an effort to increase individual HIV testing statewide by allowing for a more routine and streamlined process. The upper age limit for offering an HIV test will also be removed, now providing …
Posted on June 17, 2016 at 6:05 pm
Summer is (almost) here! This weekend is going to prove it too, with sunny skies and warm temperatures! Ahhhh summer…..
And Father’s Day. Did it slip your mind? It’s okay, it happens to the best of us. Make the fathers in your life feel like Kings for the Day. This Saturday, June 18, our West Village and Brooklyn Heights Shops will be stocked with ties, watches, bags and other great gifts for Dad.
Thinking of hitting up the beach this weekend? SoHo’s Swimsuit Edition has all the beach essentials to make your fun in the sun happen in the most chic way possible! But we won’t stop there — we’ve got the anthems of your entire …
Posted on June 16, 2016 at 3:40 pm