FACES NY is a diverse nonprofit organization which originated in Harlem and was established to assist people of color affected and infected with HIV/AIDS. FACES NY employs a client-centered, community focused approach to provide education, outreach, advocacy, supportive housing and direct services. FACES NY seeks to improve and extend the quality of life for people that it serves by encouraging self-determination.
FACES NY began its work in 1985 as the Minority Task Force on AIDS (MTFA) and incorporated as a non-profit in 1989. Staffed by volunteers working from a one-bedroom apartment on St. Nicholas Avenue in Harlem, MTFA started its journey and commitment to serve communities hardest hit by HIV/AIDS. After more than a decade of service MTFA changed its name to Forging Ahead for Community Empowerment and Support (FACES NY). Today, as FACES NY, we continue to honor our tradition while expanding our services to include other vulnerable populations. We operate from four locations in Harlem and Washington Heights; respectfully ensuring that the approximately 1,800 individuals and families who seek our services annually, are given the care and support necessary for them to achieve and maintain a healthy quality of life to become productive members of our community.