That’s the powerful message of Housing Works. Started in 1990 by four members of ACT UP, the organization focuses its efforts on the homeless men, women, and children of New York City who live with HIV or AIDS.
Awestruck from our first meeting—as well as every other one—with the amazing staff, we were eager to help Housing Works move closer to its goals. From the start, we knew our task was to enable the staff to spread the message as best we could. Firsthand accounts are extremely powerful testaments to the need for Housing Works. By extending Expression Engine, we constructed an easy way for Housing Works’ clients to contribute their own stories and experiences to the website.
Straight out of the Housing Works 2008 Annual Report: “We’re using the tools of the digital revolution to fight AIDS and help empower our clients, staff, and supporters… The new Housing Works website will accurately reflect the thriving, healing Housing Works community. Instead of the ominous color palette of the old site, the new HousingWorks.org will feature warm colors, inspiring photographs, and plenty of client stories to remind staff, clients, and the public who we’re working so hard to help, and why.”