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First Lady of Japan Visits Housing Works Cylar House Community Healthcare Center

First Lady of Japan Visits Housing Works Cylar House Community Healthcare Center

Photo: Joshua Kristal

On Thursday, September 25th, Housing Works was honored to host the First Lady of Japan, Mrs. Akie Abe, at Cylar House for an afternoon tour and friendly discussion.

There was a warm welcome at the front steps of Cylar House where Housing Works’ CEO Charles King along with Cylar House residents, staff and clients greeted Mrs. Abe. The tour began in the bamboo garden, continued through the medical facility and it ended with a viewing of a Cylar House resident’s apartment. The tour was followed by an intimate discussion between Mrs. Abe and Housing Works’ clients. The clients shared their personal stories of living with HIV/AIDS and their history with the organization, giving Mrs. Abe an inside look at the significant impact Housing Works makes each day in the fight to end AIDS and in the lives of over 5,000 New Yorkers.

“When I visited Housing Works, I was impressed by the process by which residents who had lost their homes regained their confidence through the warm and genuine atmosphere, each finding his or her own place in the organization.” said Mrs. Abe.

Mrs. Abe, has made it a part of her political agenda to advocate for AIDS issues both in her home country and internationally, in addition to her support of LBGT rights in Japan.

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