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  • Housing Works Joins Activists in New Jersey Fighting for the ACA

    Housing Works Joins Activists in New Jersey Fighting for the ACA

    GUEST POST BY JARON BENJAMIN, Housing Works VP for Community Mobilization

    Housing Works and Health GAP joined dozens of activists from NJ 11 for Change outside of Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen’s Morristown office to demand their representative change his opposition to the Affordable Care Act and to hold a public town hall to discuss other issues important to his constituents.

    NJ 11 for Change has demonstrated outside of their congressman’s office every Friday this year, and the snow and cold temperatures didn’t stop them from hosting the weekly protest to make their demands. Most of the activists made their way into the office to voice their concerns about changes to healthcare.

    Among the activists was Thomas Howe, a retired physician …

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    Posted on March 10, 2017 at 5:45 pm

  • Tonight! Loose: A Comedy Show, Chris Gethard, Emmy Blotnick, Jo Firestone, Langston Kerman & more

    Tonight! Loose: A Comedy Show, Chris Gethard, Emmy Blotnick, Jo Firestone, Langston Kerman & more

    We’ve been seriously missing our incredible comedy show around the bookstore, and can’t wait for 2017’s first show happening tonight! Our freewheeling and unleashed comedy night is hosted by the one and only Jo Firestone (The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Punderdome 3000) and tonight we’ll feature sets from Kate Willet (Comedy Central), Emmy Blotnick (Comedy Central), Langston Kerman (HBO’s Insecure), Chris Gethard (Upcoming HBO Special). Tickets include a free beer or wine. Join us for comedy at its finest, promising unpredictable performances, interactive bits, and surprise special guests!

    And don’t forget, 100% of the proceeds for Loose go to the lifesaving services we provide to homeless and at-risk New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS. Tickets & more info at …

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    Posted on March 9, 2017 at 12:24 am

  • Sun in the Sky, You Know How I Feel

    Sun in the Sky, You Know How I Feel


    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 …

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    Posted on March 2, 2017 at 11:32 am

  • ACTION ALERT! Demand Protections for Trans Students

    ACTION ALERT! Demand Protections for Trans Students

    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 …

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    Posted on February 24, 2017 at 12:39 pm

  • Press Conference and Rally Outside Governor’s Office

    Press Conference and Rally Outside Governor’s Office

    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 …

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    Posted on February 24, 2017 at 12:10 pm

  • Tonight! Robin Wasserman, Jia Tolentino, Ashley C. Ford & more, and our March Calendar

    Tonight! Robin Wasserman, Jia Tolentino, Ashley C. Ford & more, and our March Calendar

    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 …

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    Posted on February 21, 2017 at 5:42 pm

  • NYC Health Department Expands HIV and STI Services

    NYC Health Department Expands HIV and STI Services

    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 …

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    Posted on February 13, 2017 at 12:37 pm

  • Housing Works History Project to Launch at New York Public Library

    Housing Works History Project to Launch at New York Public Library

    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
    7pm
    The New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger Forum
    RSVP required.

    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.

    In …

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    Posted on February 10, 2017 at 2:20 pm

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