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

Eric Bartley

Secretary

Constituent Representative, Housing Works, Inc.

Richard C. Biletta, CPA, MBA

Treasurer

The Mack Company

Miguel Bulerin

Constituent Representative

Pierre Duleyrie

Board Member

Armando Morales

Constituent Representative

Mark Godfrey

Constituent Representative

Ladawn Sebastian

Constituent Representative

Deborah Braff

Volunteer Representative

Karen Valen

Volunteer Representative

Crystal Perez

Staff representative

Charles King

Ex-officio

President and Chief Executive Officer, Housing Works, Inc.

Thrift Shop Board

Michael S. Gordon, Esq.

Chair

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Debra Bosinak

Secretary

Debra Bosniak Art Advisory

Nancy Arum

Volunteer Representative

Alan Miles

SVP, Client Business Partner

Nielsen

Brian Kelly

Founder, thepointsguy.com

David Song

President/Founder, Rosie Labs

E. O’Brien Kelley

DLA Piper, LLP

Gil Torres

Director, Legal & Business AffairsA&E Networks

James LaForce

Principal, LaForce + Stevens

Joseph Magnone

Philanthropist

Juan Herrera

VP of Global Inclusion, Viacom

Karen Peterson

Principal, K+J Agency, LLC

Michael Carl

Fashion Market Director, Vanity Fair

Michael Pellman Rowland

SVP, Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Norma Reinhardt–Mascarotti

Patrick Campion

CEO, US Private Bank, HSBC

Yetta Banks

VP Design & Construction at MTV Networks

Devin Wilson

Chief Brand Officer, Double Cross Vodka

Vincent L. Harris

Our Financials

Audited Financials and IRS Statements

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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