About Us

About Us

Housing Works is a healing community of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Our mission is to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services, and entrepreneurial businesses that sustain our efforts.

Our Three Pillars

Relentless Advocacy

Through our advocacy offices in New York City, Albany, Washington D.C., Mississippi, Haiti and Puerto Rico, Housing Works fights for funding and legislation to ensure that all people living with HIV/AIDS have access to quality housing, healthcare, HIV prevention information and other life-sustaining services, as well as legal protections from stigma and discrimination. We are a grassroots organization committed to the use of non-violent civil disobedience in order to further our mission.

Lifesaving Services

Since 1990, we have provided a comprehensive array of services to more than 30,000 homeless and low-income New Yorkers living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. We believe that providing stable housing is healthcare and is the first step toward living a long and healthy life. Supportive services include but are not limited to housing, healthcare, meals and nutritional counseling, mental health and substance use treatment, job training, and legal assistance.

Entrepreneurial Businesses

Housing Works pioneered the concept of social enterprise–businesses whose profits fund the mission of a parent not-for-profit organization. This self-sustaining model provides employment opportunities to the community in addition to fundraising. Our acclaimed Housing Works Thrift Shops and Housing Works Bookstore Cafe provide crucial funds towards our mission.

Our History

Here are a few select highlights from over the past 25+ years. For more in-depth information about our history, visit the Housing Works History timeline project.

Leadership & Boards

Earl Ward, Esq.

Chair

Partner, Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP

Richard C. Biletta, CPA, MBA

Treasurer

The Mack Company

Yvette Allen

Consumer Representative

Gerry Brown

Consumer Representative

Charisse Cadle

Consumer Representative

David Cohen, MD

Vice-chair, Dept. of Medicine, Maimonides Medical Center

Richard G. Dudley Jr., MD

Pierre Duleyrie

Denise Gordon

CocoaFab Lifestyle Editor; Founder, The Organized Home

Michael S. Gordon

Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Richard Kaplan

Tina Lilly

Consumer Representative

Glenn Richardson

Consumer Representative

Bree Riley

Volunteer Representative

Colleen Simmons-Barnswell

Beverly Sutton-Curry

Secretary and Staff Representative

Charles King

Ex-officio

President and Chief Executive Officer, Housing Works, Inc.

Robert Colorafi

Volunteer Representative

Morgan Mulford

Thrift Shop Board

Gil Torres

Chairman

Director, Legal & Business Affairs, A&E Networks

Yetta Banks

Secretary

Vice President of Design & Construction, Viacom

Michael Boodro

Board Development

Michael Carl

Hermes of Paris

Jennifer Foyle

Thrift Oversight

Global Brand President, aerie American Eagle Outfitters

Douglas Friedman

Douglas Friedman Photography

Barbara Friedmann

William J. Gilbane III

SVP, Gilbane Building Company

Michael S. Gordon, Esq.

Partner, Baker & Hostetler

Steven Horn

Thrift Oversight

E. O'Brien Kelly

Board Development

Matthew Marchak

The Eighth Floor

Norma Mascarotti

Thrift Oversight

Alan Miles

Thrift Oversight

Mia Moretti

Board Development, Thrift Oversight

Sally Shaw

Thrift Oversight

Bruce Starr

BMF Media

Stephen Ferrara

Co-founder, Hudson Advisory Team, Compass

Fabrice Houdart

Human Rights Officer, New York Office, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Chee Mee Hu

Volunteer Rep

Lisle Richards

The Metric

Karen Valen

Volunteer Rep

Community Healthcare Board

Marion Conde

Chair

Frank Quintero

Co-chair/Consumer Representative

Daron Hudson

Secretary/Consumer Representative

Annie L. Suggs

Treasurer

Victoria Ferrell

Consumer Representative

Wendell Ferguson

Consumer Representative

Cesar Figueroa

Consumer Representative

George Macklin

Consumer Representative

Jon Mincey

Consumer Representative

Mitchell Pendleton

Consumer Representative

Willie Penamon

Consumer Representative

Danyelle Rhoden

Consumer Representative

Rev. Juliet Dita Germanotta

Consumer Representative

Kathy Gueye

Kishor Malavade

Chenelle Nixon

Reverend Deborah Rice

Reverend Michele Jackson Taylor

Jennifer Crescitelli

Dr. Billy E. Jones

Matthew Bernardo

Executive Director

Housing Works Community Healthcare

Charles King

Ex-Officio

Chief Executive Officer, Housing Works, Inc.

Our Future

Housing Works is a healing community of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Our mission is to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services, and entrepreneurial businesses that sustain our efforts.

Our multi-year strategic plan identifies six key goals:

1. Harness our rich history and recognized expertise in policy-making. Build upon the success of the Ending the Epidemic campaign to broaden the scope and scale of our advocacy work at the city, state, national and international level.
2. Ensure the short and long-term sustainability of the organization during this period of change in the healthcare funding environment, including Medicaid reform.
3. Expand our housing program and partners to serve more New Yorkers in need.
4. Grow legal service provision to meet a broader base of individual and collective need beyond HIV.
5. Expand our services and client population beyond people with HIV to improve the lives of more New Yorkers in need.
6. Ensure robust and effective Board and staff leadership, with a constant eye on succession planning at all leadership levels within the organization.

Our Mission

Housing Works is a healing community of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Our mission is to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services, and entrepreneurial businesses that sustain our efforts.

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