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Housing Works
announces AIDS activist awards

Housing Works
announces AIDS activist awards

New York City agency honors five people for their work in the AIDS arena.

New York City-based Housing Works, which works to provide adequate and affordable housing to low-income HIV-positive New Yorkers and offers other HIV-related services, this week announced the recipients of its second annual Keith D. Cylar Activist Awards, given to leading AIDS activists.

Award winners include:

Thomas Cai of Guangzhou, China, who will receive the International Activist Award and a grant of $10,000;

Karen Bates and Stephanie Williams of South Carolina, who will receive the U.S. Activist Award and a $10,000 grant;

Julie Pena of New York City, who will receive the Housing Works Community Award and a grant of $5,000;

Paul Zeitz of the Global AIDS Alliance, who will receive the Virgina Shubert Courage Award.

The awards, named after Housing Works cofounder Keith Cylar, who died of AIDS-related complications in 2004, will be presented at a ceremony held April 26 at the Prince George Ballroom in New York City. (

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