Housing Works

Housing Works is a healing community of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Our mission is to end the dual crisis of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services, and entrepreneurial businesses that sustain our efforts.

Housing Works is the largest community-based AIDS service organization in the United States, as well as the nation’s largest minority-controlled AIDS service organization. Since our founding in 1990, we have provided lifesaving services, such as housing, medical and mental health care, meals, job training, drug treatment, HIV prevention education, and social support to more than 20,000 homeless and low-income New Yorkers living with HIV and AIDS.

Housing Works operates 3 healthcare centers across New York City. The healthcare centers provide top-quality medical and dental care to our clients, including comprehensive primary care, comprehensive mental health and behavioral health care, family and pediatric care services, gynecology services, gastroenterology, opioid dependency treatment, dental care, and personalized medical counseling.

Housing Works also runs social enterprise businesses that raise millions of dollars every year to help pay for the services that we provide, spread awareness of our mission, and provide jobs to graduates of our Job Training Program. Our best-known businesses are Housing Works Thrift Shops, a chain of upscale thrift shops located throughout New York City, and the Housing Works Bookstore Café, a used bookstore, literary hub and concert venue located in Soho in downtown Manhattan.

For more information about any of Housing Works’ programs, please feel free to contact Gretchen George Ty, Harm Reduction Coordinator, by email at g.ty@housingworks.org, or by phone at (212) 966-0466 ex. 1107, or contact Katheryn Villaverde, Harm Reduction Counselor, by email at k.villaverde@housingworks.org or by phone at (212) 966-0466 ext, 1147.

Housing Works’ Syringe Exchange Program:

Housing Works has a syringe exchange program walk-in center that offers multiple services for individuals infected and affected by HIV/AIDS who engage in high risk behaviors—all within a supportive, non-judgmental environment. The syringe exchange program offers:

  • Sterile Syringes for active & sporadic substance users, hormone & steroid injection users, and diabetic patients
  • Safer Injection Kits
  • Safer Crack Kits
  • Bleach Kits
  • Wound Care Kits
  • Safer Sex Kits
  • Opioid Overdose Training & Kits
  • Sharps Containers
  • Education/ Support Groups
  • Care Coordination- Connection to primary care and mental health and short-term follow-up care.
  • Harm Reduction Counseling
  • Referrals to a variety of services
  • Support Group Counseling
  • Harm Reduction Groups
  • Psycho-Educational Groups
  • Peer Training Services
  • Recovery Readiness Groups
  • Suboxone Induction at one of our Health Centers


Visit us at:

Manhattan Harm Reduction Center
130 Crosby Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10012
between Houston and Prince Street

Saturdays & Sundays: Closed

Other Program locations:

East New York Community Health Center
2640 Pitkin Ave.
Brooklyn, New York 11208
718-277-0386, ext. 4402/4424

Keith D. Cylar House Health Center

743-749 East 9th St., 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10009
212-677-7999, ext. 4216/4236

Downtown Brooklyn Health Center

57 Willoughby Street, Lower Level
Brooklyn, NY 11201
212-645-8111, ext. 4101/ 4126