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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.

en español

Housing Works es una comunidad curativa de personas que viven con o son afectadas por VIH/SIDA. Nuestra misión es erradicar la doble crisis de personas sin hogar y del SIDA, a través de activismo incansable, la provisión de servicios que salvan vidas, y negocios empresariales que sustentan nuestros esfuerzos.

Our Three Pillars

Advocacy

Through our advocacy offices in New York City, Albany, Washington D.C., Mississippi and abroad in 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. Housing Works is a grassroots organization committed to the use of non-violent civil disobedience in order to further our mission to end AIDS and homelessness.

Services

Since 1990, we have provided a comprehensive array of services to more than 20,000 homeless and low-income New Yorkers living with 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, Housing Works Bookstore Cafe and The Works Catering account for approximately 25% of our $43 million annual operating budget.

While Housing Works fights in particular for the inclusion and dignity of marginalized people, including active drug users, homeless people and sexual minorities, we advocate on behalf of all people living with AIDS and HIV, whatever their circumstances and wherever they live.