The entrepreneurial businesses allow Housing Works to sustain its efforts and continue advocating for those who need it most. Design on a Dime and Fashion for Action.
Successes can be found every day at Housing Works. Pioneering the model for socially conscious entrepreneurial ventures, Housing Works has also established 12 successful thrift shops throughout New York City, a famous Bookstore Cafe and events venue in SoHo, The Works Catering, and several large fundraising events, including a well-known interior design event: Charles King continues the fight to end the AIDS epidemic alongside our allies in New York, and we remain committed to defending the rights and dignity of all marginalized people living with HIV.
This was the year Housing Works was founded. Whether a client becomes an employee, a customer becomes a volunteer, or a volunteer becomes an advocate, all of these people help Housing Works meet its mission of fighting the dual crises of AIDS and homelessness. Each time an individual is tested and linked to care, each time a client becomes healthier, each time a client becomes undetectable in their HIV status, the Housing Works community grow stronger.
Design on a Dime. With a fierce focus on advocacy, we have been at the forefront of path-breaking organizing, policy, research and litigation efforts. This holistic approach applies to everything Housing Works does.
There was a strong stigma around the disease, a critical lack of comprehensive health care, and, quite obviously, a need for supportive housing.
The success of Housing Works is dependent on these different components working together: For many, these services are lifesaving. They have served over 20, New Yorkers living with HIV by providing them with housing, primary and mental health care, job training, substance use counseling, legal assistance, and much more.
Much has changed for the better over the past 26 years, but Housing Works is not slowing down. Advocating for not only people living with HIV, but for the most marginalized among them: Housing Works believes that the way to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS is to develop a model that can engage the public and the community on these three points.
These businesses serve multiple functions: Housing Works is willing to help people that many other agencies turn away. All are living at or beneath the poverty line and most are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The 20, New Yorkers served are a part of the hardest-to-reach of populations, minorities who have the greatest difficulty securing consistent health care, housing and social services.
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