Housing Works History

Editor and Producer, 2017

Housing Works History is a timeline that surveys twenty-five years of housing and supportive services built by Housing Works for homeless individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS in New York City. From its emergence out of the direct action group ACT UP in 1990, the organization built over 200 units of permanent and transitional housing and served over 20,000 people by 2015—weathering intense political hostility or indifference by offering care and hospitality to communities in need. Housing Works confronted NIMBYism in Soho, Harlem, and the Lower East Side; sued the Giuliani Administration and won; opened a popular bookstore/cafe and thrift stores that fund housing and provide jobs; built residential and medical facilities, and never stopped speaking out. The timeline features archival media, T-shirts, posters, architectural drawings, HIV and AIDS infection rate data, key moments in US housing policy, and original films spotlighting advocates, architects, and residents. 

Housing Works History was generously funded by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

Housing Works History