Lawsuit alleges blatant refusal to accept applicants living with AIDS and utilizing a government housing subsidy

    Today, a client of the New York City HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA) filed a federal lawsuit against Grenadier Realty Corp., a major New York real estate company with over 22,000 individual apartments, alleging housing discrimination that is prohibited by the federal Fair Housing Act and the New York City Human Rights Law. The lawsuit, Cruz v. Grenadier Realty Corp., alleges that the defendant placed the plaintiff on a waiting list for housing and then, a year later, announced that, as a matter of policy, it was no longer serving HASA clients, i.e., the recipients of government housing subsidies living with symptomatic HIV illness or …

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    Posted on January 12, 2017 at 3:12 pm

  • Our Best Year Yet!

    Our Best Year Yet!

    2017 is in full swing, and here at Housing Works, we plan on making it our best year yet!

    With the first days of January behind us, the next few weeks are a true test to see just how well we can stick to our New Year’s resolutions. Trust us, we KNOW how hard it is – we’ve got a long list of goals ourselves. From continuing our mission to end AIDS in New York, to providing you with the best thrift shopping experience, we are determined to support and grow our powerful community in 2017.

    We are already well on our way, too, with our NEW volunteer campaign that launched this week! Be …

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    Posted on January 11, 2017 at 6:04 pm

  • Wishing You Love, Happiness, and All Things Merry!

    Wishing You Love, Happiness, and All Things Merry!

    There’s a certain kind of magic in the air this time of year. One that fills us with warmth, excitement, and gratitude. At Housing Works, it’s the time of year when we reflect upon our organization’s greatest moments and celebrate how far we’ve come with ending AIDS and homelessness in New York.

    Thanks to you, ending AIDS in New York State by 2020 is just around the corner! Your donations, your customer loyalty, and your overall support is what keeps our mission alive, and we are so grateful!

    If you’re still in need of last-minute gifts, our Shops are filled with stocking stuffers, holiday outfits, festive décor and more. Don’t forget that our Housing Works …

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    Posted on December 21, 2016 at 12:11 pm

  • Tribute to Longtime Advocate Regina Quattrochi by Charles King

    Tribute to Longtime Advocate Regina Quattrochi by Charles King

    Guest post by Charles King, President and CEO of Housing Works

    I first met Regina Quattrochi in 1990. The Housing Committee of ACT UP had decided to prove that homeless people with AIDS who used drugs would benefit from supportive housing and committed to starting Housing Works. Four of us—Eric Sawyer, Ginny Shubert, Keith Cylar, and I—took on the task of seeing this effort through. We turned for advice and guidance to the then “AIDS Resource Center” (ARC), which had developed Bailey House, the first congregate supportive housing for people with AIDS in New York. Over the course of that year, Gina went from being the Board chair of ARC to being its executive director, the hat that she …

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    Posted on December 14, 2016 at 10:36 am

  • This Thursday: ART AFTER TRUMP, a marathon reading and response

    This Thursday: ART AFTER TRUMP, a marathon reading and response

    This Thursday, December 15 from 6pm to midnight, we invited 150 artists and arts administrators to speak, do, or perform anything they wish for two minutes each. Come and see what is in store for this response and gathering.

    We invited our many partners and friends to help us build the roster of contributors, which includes Angela Flournoy, Amy Rose Spiegel, Cameron Mesirow aka Glasser, Candace Williams, Cat Fitzpatrick, Cecilia Corrigan, Cynthia Cruz, Diamond Sharp, Eartheater, John Yau, Ralph Lemon, Jenn Pelly, Judnick Mayard, Laia Garcia, Kira Garcia, Adam Falkner, Kimberly Drew, Marwa Helal, Mensah Demary, Natalie Eilbert, Sally Wen Mao, Tanwi Islam, Tavi Gevinson, Tommy Kha, Vinay Krishnan, Alexander Chee, Mychal Denzel Smith, Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib, Dylan Marron, Syreeta McFadden, Jose Guadalupe …

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    Posted on December 13, 2016 at 11:35 pm

  • Ending the Epidemic by Charles King

    Ending the Epidemic by Charles King

    These remarks were delivered by Housing Works President & CEO Charles King at the New York State Ending the Epidemic Summit on December 7, 2016

    Four years ago when Treatment Action Group and Housing Works convened the first summit on Ending the New York Epidemic, many thought it was premature, counter-productive, or just plain impossible. But we gathered support, secured a commitment from Governor Cuomo, and are well on our way.

    The 2015 surveillance data from New York State and New York City demonstrates that we are clearly on track and gearing up for serious acceleration as we drive up rates of viral suppression, drive up PrEP and PEP usage, and drive down new infections. We started small in 2014, with a …

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    Posted on December 9, 2016 at 3:33 pm

  • Holiday at Housing Works!

    Holiday at Housing Works!

    Twinkling lights illuminate the streets, the smell of pine wafts through our homes, and we can feel the pressure of our end-of-December to-do list building. The holiday season is certainly here, but before you think about going into crazy holiday shopping mode…

    Ho ho hold the phone.

    Holiday at Housing Works kicks off this Friday and Saturday at our Thrift Shops and we are filling up our sleighs with everything that can possibly be on your long list of holiday wants, needs and must-haves. Think: Stocking stuffers, warm sweaters, New Years Eve dresses, decorations and SO much more.

    This fun and festive shopping event will be kicking off Friday, December 9th, at …

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    Posted on December 7, 2016 at 4:56 pm

  • World AIDS Day 2016 at the NYC AIDS Memorial

    World AIDS Day 2016 at the NYC AIDS Memorial

    On World AIDS Day, we joined forces with the New York City AIDS Memorial Board of Directors and representatives, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the New York State Department of Health, and the rest of the END AIDS NY 2020 Coalition to host a public dedication of the newly completed New York City AIDS Memorial at St. Vincent’s Triangle. Over 600 community members filled the park and Greenwich Avenue to participate in the event.

    The program, which was emceed by Broadway star Billy Porter, featured remarks from Mayor de Blasio, cheif counsel to Governor Cuomo Alphonso David, NYC Health Commissioner Mary Bassett, New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, NYC

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    Posted on December 2, 2016 at 4:03 pm

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