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.
Founded in 1990, Housing Works is the largest grassroots AIDS organization in the U.S., as well as the largest minority-controlled AIDS organization. We are committed to reaching homeless, formerly homeless and low-income New Yorkers living with HIV and AIDS with vital services that are designed to help them gain stability, independence and dignity to improve their overall health.
We believe that people living with HIV/AIDS must lead the fight to eradicate the disease, a fight that includes access to healthcare and supportive services and an end to AIDS stigma. Our advocacy offices are located in New York City, Albany, Washington, D.C., and Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Our comprehensive services address our clients' complex issues. We provide housing, primary care, dental care, mental health services, case management, transgender health services, job training, wellness programs and more for homeless New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS.
We operate businesses that generate funding for our mission, provide jobs for our job-training graduates, and educate hundreds of thousands of customers about AIDS and homelessness. Our businesses include Housing Works Thrift Shops, Housing Works Bookstore Café, and The Works Catering. The Thrift Shops host two annual galas - Fashion for Action, a charity sample sale, and Design on a Dime, an interiors shopping event.