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

Staff Representative

Karen Valen

Volunteer Representative

Charles King

Ex-officio

President and Chief Executive Officer, Housing Works, Inc.

Thrift Shop Board

Gil Torres

Chairman

Director, Legal & Business Affairs, A&E Networks

Nathan Orsman

Vice Chair

Orsman Design, Inc.

Yetta Banks

Secretary

Vice President of Design & Construction, Viacom

Nancy Arum

Volunteer Representative, Thrift Oversight

Michael Boodro

Board Development

Michael Carl

Fashion Market Director, Vanity Fair

Jennifer Foyle

Thrift Oversight

Douglas Friedman

Barbara Friedmann

William J. Gilbane III

Michael S. Gordon, Esq.

Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Elaine Griffin

Steven Horn

Thrift Oversight

E. O'Brien Kelly

Board Development

Matthew Marchak

Norma Mascarotti

Thrift Oversight

Alan Miles

Thrift Oversight

Mia Moretti

Board Development, Thrift Oversight

Karen Peterson

Principal, K+J Agency, LLC

Sally Shaw

Thrift Oversight

Bruce Starr

BMF Media

Elizabeth Tu

Volunteer Representative

Community Healthcare Board

Jennifer Crescitelli

Chair

Area Director, The Bridge-NYC

Leonard Austin

Co-chair

Daron Hudson

Secretary

Raffi Babakhanian

Consumer Representative

Marion Conde

Victoria Ferrell

Consumer Representative

Wendell Ferguson

Consumer Representative

Cesar Figueroa

Consumer Representative

Kathy Gueye

George Macklin

Consumer Representative

Kishor Malavade

Jon Mincey

Consumer Representative

Chenelle Nixon

Mitchell Pendleton

Consumer Representative

Frank Quintero

Consumer Representative

Danyelle Rhoden

Consumer Representative

Reverand Deborah Rice

Annie L Suggs

Reverand Michele Jackson Taylor

Michael Bernardo

Executive Director

‎Chief Operating Officer, Housing Works, Inc.

Charles King

Ex-Officio

President and Chief Executive Officer, Housing Works, Inc.

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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